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Expeditions:
Harkhuf
Sesostris
The Spies
Thutmose I
Hatshepsut
Rameses II
Panhesy
Piye
Necho II
Cambyses II
Ptolemy
Amenirenas
Gabinius
Nero
Ezana
 

The African Explorations Under Necho II

During the Late Period of Egyptian History the Pharaoh Necho II (610-595 BC) is said to have sent an expedition of Phoenician ships on an exploratory journey around Africa, from the Red Sea back through the Straits of Gibraltar to the Mouth of the Nile.  Although doubted by some, ancient accounts in Herodotus relate the strangeness of the Sun being to the north of the expedition, which could only occur if they were south of the Equator.  Also, modern replicas of Phoenician ships have successfully made the journey



What might this expedition have been searching for and what might they have found on this three year voyage of discovery?


Other Resources:
Herodotus' Account
The Phoenician Ship Expedition

The World as Herodotus Understood It:

Necho II
Pharaoh Necho II