Persian warriors, a detail from the frieze in Darius’ palace in Susa. Pergamon Museum / Vorderasiatisches Museum, Germany. Image credit: Mohammed Shamma / CC BY 2.0.
Has the mystery of a 50,000-strong army of Persian King Cambyses, last seen entering the Egyptian desert near Luxor (then Thebes) around 524BC, finally been dug out of the sand? With Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaper of the School of Middle Eastern Studies and Egyptology of Leiden University.