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EXPERTISE
Archaeology
Author / Writer
Egyptology
History - Classical
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BIOGRAPHY
David Rohl is recognized as the UK's highest-profile Egyptologist and one of the world's best-known historians. Always controversial, he is not only a best-selling writer but also an explorer, archaeologist, TV Presenter, and internationally renowned public lecturer. He always gets top ratings from cruise passenger surveys. In addition, he was Archaeology Correspondent for the Daily Express, Director of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences, editor of the Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum and Field Director of the Eastern Desert Survey.

With degrees in Egyptology, Ancient History, Mycenaean and Minoan Archaeology, and Levantine Archaeology, David is a genuine scholar with a full list of academic credentials but, at the same time, is seen as a highly original thinker. He also specializes in ancient legends and how they evolve from genuine historical events and personalities. These include the rise of early Christianity in western Europe, the legend of the Holy Grail, and the Trojan War.

David's popularity stems principally from his internationally acclaimed TV series 'Pharaohs and Kings' which has been seen by millions around the world. The documentary 'In Search of Eden' has also reached a huge audience and is constantly being repeated on the satellite channels. He was the leading expert in the hugely popular documentary film 'Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus', shown in cinemas throughout the USA and now on Netflix. Two new TV documentaries involving David Rohl are currently in pre-production.

Anthony van der Elst (Chairman of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences) said this about David Rohl:

"A consummate communicator, Rohl writes and lectures brilliantly and is one of that rare breed of scholars who can talk to a lay public without condescension and with real passion. Reading Rohl, watching his television programmes or listening to his lectures, one is impressed by a wide-ranging mind completely at home in a familiar landscape. His obvious mastery of the subject, the clarity with which he lays bare the disturbing inconsistencies he is challenging, his impressive marshaling of facts and the lucidity of his arguments mark him out as an important voice in archaeology. Rohl is a fiendishly clever writer. He even manages the trick of occasionally letting his readers get ahead of him so that they work out a conclusion before he suggests it. No wonder his arguments are persuasive - you worked them out for yourself! As a detective story for intelligent, inquisitive people his seminal work 'A Test of Time' is unmatched."


TALK TITLES
1. The Bible - Myth or History?

2. In Search of the Holy Grail (in two parts)

3. The Way of the Cross: the story of early Christianity

4. In Search of Eden: locating the legendary Garden of Paradise

5. Seeing Through the Eye of Horus: understanding the world of ancient Egypt

6. Exodus - Myth or History?

7. In the Footsteps of Moses: an expedition into Sinai in search of the Exodus wanderings

8. The Egyptian Genesis: revealing the origins of Egyptian civilization

9. In Search of the Trojan War

10. Wonderful Things: the story of the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb

11. When the North Wind Blows: the arrival of Indo-Europeans in the ancient Near East

12. Pharaoh's Daughter: identifying Solomon's Egyptian queen

13. The Road to Kadesh: explaining the great battle of Ramesses II

14. Legendary Kings and Chronicles: the archaeological story behind Saul, David, and Solomon

15. The Tower of Babel

16. Conundrums of the Pharaohs: unraveling the mysteries of ancient Egypt

17. Aeneas and the Founding of Rome

18. The Lords of Avaris: the Hyksos in Egypt

19. The Followers of Horus: an expedition in search of prehistoric rock-art

20. In the Footsteps of the Vizier: revealing the landscape of Western Thebes

21. The Body in Tomb 55: the mystery of Pharaoh Akhenaten's burial
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Lectured on cruises for Saga and Thomson in the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Lecturer on Swan Hellenic, Thomas Cook and Kuoni Nile cruises. TV presenter and 'talent' for several documentary series commissioned by Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel Four. Three bestselling history books. Internationally acclaimed lecturer (Europe, Israel, Egypt, USA and Korea). First-class visuals to accompany lectures.
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SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sun SU181204 Western Mediterranean Explorer 12 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Tuesday, December 4, 2018