The Genius of Flinders Petrie

Duration: 15 minutes

First transmitted in 1974, Magnus Magnusson talks to Sir Mortimer Wheeler about Sir Flinders Petrie, the single-minded Egyptologist and eccentric who was Wheeler's friend for 20 years.

Mortimer Wheeler claimed that he had known four geniuses in his life: "Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Evans who discovered the Minoan civilisation, the painter Augustus John and Sir Flinders Petrie."

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Magnus Magnusson
Sir Mortimer Wheeler
David Collison


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