4 October 2022
St. Margaret’s Institute, 30 Polstead Road, Oxford, OX2 6TN
This lecture will challenge everything you thought you knew about Columbus and the discovery of the New World.
In 2019 Philip Beale set out to prove that the ancient Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic 2,000 years before Christopher Columbus. As captain and expedition leader of the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition, Philip tells the exciting story of arguably the most ambitious voyage in experimental archaeology since Kon-Tiki.
The lecture is divided into three parts, the first covering how the replica Phoenician ship, the Phoenicia, was built in modern day Syria, carefully following the procedures of ancient boat builders, as discovered by archaeologists. The second part covers what the ancient Greek, Phoenician and Roman scholars such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, Marinus of Tyre, Hipparchus and Strabo knew about the Atlantic and the lands to the west. The final part of the lecture tells the story of how the Phoenicia and crew made the 6,000 mile voyage from Carthage in modern day Tunisia to the Americas over the six months from September 2019 to February 2020.
Advance booking for this event is not required.
This event has been organised by the Midlands committee.
Featured image: Philip Beale
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