Lost city: Found


Yesenia Vizguerra, Reporter

        The lost city of Thonis- Heracleion stood on the edge of Ancient Egypt looking down at the incoming trading ships in the Mediterranean.  Hapy the god of fertility, lord of the river, rested on the city. The city was not only known for its trading purposes but also religious importance because of the temple of Amun, which rested in the heart of the lost city. The city told to be the envy of its time, where kings became gods and where the Trojan prince Paris brought the kidnapped Helen of Troy, if the legends are true.

        One day, around the second century BC, a tremor began to shake the ground under Hapy’s feet. The tremors grew before he eventually tumbled down into the sea and the city along with him.

        The city that was once a stronghold for Egypt with networking canals form incoming Greek ships, had been lost.

        In the early 2000’s a group of divers including archaeologist Franck Goddio, who dedicated his life to finding the lost city, working on the Egyptian coast found a slab of rock under the seabed and brought it up to shore. Finding out it had been a piece of Hapy, they searched some more and uncovered six more large pieces. Along with these pieces, the divers were able to find treasures, ruins of temples, shards of pottery, etc. The legends were to become a reality.

        The city that was named after Hercules, since the discovery, has been excavated and swept of its remains to tell the story of the city and its final days.

        No one knows for sure why the city was completely underwater but it was predicted to be lost at sea due to the fall of Hapy, the rising sea levels, and a series of earthquakes that may have contributed to the finding of Thonis after several thousands of years.