Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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The Naukratis Diaries of D.G. Hogarth, 1899 and 1903


Transcribed by Valerie Smallwood and revised, annotated and edited by Jeffrey Spencer

D.G. Hogarth recorded the principal events of his fieldwork in Day-Books or Diaries that provide considerable insight into the progress of the work and other matters. The diaries he wrote at Naukratis in the 1899 and 1903 seasons are a mine of information on discoveries, the organisation of the work, the coming and going of visitors, the logistics of supply or accommodation and even the weather. They also shed light on his changing attitudes, enthusiasms and disappointments. A day on which interesting finds were made would be written up as a ‘good day’, while days of extreme heat and dust were entered as ‘evil’. He comments on his varying state of health, and how the frustrations of managing a large workforce tested his temper, especially towards the end of a season. His descriptions offer a view into the conditions of life in rural Egypt at the turn of the 20th century.


The first page of Hogarth's diary of his excavationsat Naukratis 1899