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Posted on 04/25/2008 7:44:34 PM PDT by blam
Egypt: Tomb of Cleopatra and lover to be uncovered
Cairo, 24 April(AKI) - Archaeologists have revealed plans to uncover the 2000 year-old tomb of ancient Egypt's most famous lovers, Cleopatra and the Roman general Mark Antony later this year.
Zahi Hawass, prominent archaeologist and director of Egypt's superior council for antiquities announced a proposal to test the theory that the couple were buried together.
He discussed the project in Cairo at a media conference about the ancient pharaohs.
Hawass said that the remains of the legendary Egyptian queen and her Roman lover, Mark Antony, were inside a temple called Tabusiris Magna, 30 kilometres from the port city of Alexandria in northern Egypt.
Until recently access to the tomb has been hindered because it is under water, but archaeologists plan to drain the site so they can begin excavation in November.
Among the clues to suggest that the temple may contain Cleopatra's remains is the discovery of numerous coins with the face of the queen.
According to Hawas, Egyptologists have also uncovered a 120-metre-long underground tunnel with many rooms, some of which could contain more details about Cleopatra.
Born in Rome, Mark Antony was a military general and commander, as well as supporter of Julius Caesar. He was also Cleopatra's lover and bore him a son, called Caesarion.
After Julius Caesar's assassination in March 44 B.C., Antony formed a triumvirate with Octavian, also known as Augustus, and Marcus Lepidus.
Civil war ensued in Rome due to disagreements between Antony and Octavian, who was Julius Caesar's heir and who later became Rome's first emperor.
Antony was subsequently defeated by Octavian and he later committed suicide.
Cleopatra, who came to power at 18 years of age, was once the ruler of Egypt and considered the last of seven queens of the same name.
She was famous for her intelligence, her beauty and her political power.
Cleopatra who also bore Mark Antony twins, committed suicide after his death in August 30 B.C.
Walk like an Egyptian...
Watch out for the mummy’s revenge!
They should put Geraldo Rivera on the story....
Gender confusion has apparently been around a while.
Caesarion's father was Caesar. His mother was Cleopatra. His cousin Octavian probably had Caesarion killed eventually.
Antony was back in Italy at the time doing what he did best. Being an a**hole.
[Born in Rome, Mark Antony was a military general and commander, as well as supporter of Julius Caesar. He was also Cleopatra’s lover and bore him a son, called Caesarion. ]
Using something I like to call plain English, this seems to say Mark Anthony got pregnant and bore a son to Cleopatra, who was a he. Maybe they were gods back then.
I'm sorry I never got to visit Egypt. As long as I can remember I'd wanted too. There's not enough oil on the planet that could make me drag my butt to that neck of the woods now.
Augustus was not the first emperor. There had been previous dictators, the first which was Horatio Cockles who at the bridge over the Tiber, stopped the Tarquin kings from being reinstalled.
Julius Caesar, Crassus, Pompey, Sulla, Gaius Marius had all been dictator (Imperator) at some time.
The Mummy Returns ain’t bad either. :)
They suspect the tomb is under water?? For how long? Wouldn't that kind of effect the contents therein?
Amazing how European Cleopatra looked...
IIRC, there was a chick fight scene that was very...stimulating! Um. Very.
Gender confusion has apparently been around a while.Apparently it had been around a while even back then: "Cleopatra ... was ... considered the last of seven queens of the same name."
Funny thing, that.
Ranks right up there with the pics I saw in Sunday school decades ago that showed a blonde, blue-eyed Jesus with vaguely Scandinavian features... ;-)
Personally I think until proven otherwise, Cleopatra looked just like the young Liz Taylor.
She was European.
By Caesarion delivery, no doubt.
Augustus never referred to himself, nor allowed anyone else to refer to him,as ‘Emperor’. He called himself ‘Princeps’.
Mummy 3 this year..
Probably because she, like all her line, were Greeks [Macedonians], descendants of Alexander’s general Ptolemy - who took Egypt as his cut when Alexander died.
I watched Cloverfield earlier tonight. I liked it very much.
I believe that starred the Clintons......
Beautiful graphic. I see your name on it, excellent. One of these days I'm gonna try my hand at that.
“Amazing how European Cleopatra looked...”
Actually, she was European. The last of a line of Greek/Macedonian Rulers dating back to Alexander.
[You are soooooo mean. Beautiful graphic.]
Lol, and why am I mean??
Prepare for 8 or more hours of work, I spend that on many of mine!
Sorry blam, meant to ping you too!
OK, I got it about ‘the mummy returns’.
Sorry I was dense for a minute, lol
That’s a good one potlatch!
Hillary as the Sphinx!
Thanks Blam. And thanks for not posting any pics of Zowie. :') "Archaeology by ESP" topic.
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You have seen that a number of times but thanks devolve.
Don’t worry about it. I like ogling the actor, Oded Fehr. He’s on both Resident Evil’s.
She must have had other talents if she looked anything like the images on her coins.
I think you have her on the wrong end.
Well, devolve would have probably put her there, lol.
I always thought that she looked like Claudette Colbert.
by Howie Greenfield & Barry Mann
Recorded by Dante & the Evergreens, Madison Records #135, 1960
I opened up this here history book,
And flipped my lid when I took a look.
There on page two-nineteen
Was this here Egpytian Queen.
Although she lived in 44 BC,
Cleopatra is the chick for me.
I’m going to build a time machine,
So I can go back and make the scene.
I’m gonna make some time
With my Egyptian Queen
In my little old time machine
Pretty soon, I’ll be making the gig
When I set the doodad on my thingamajig.
I’m gonna crank and turn the dial.
Very soon, I’ll be on the Nile.
Holding hands with my Cleo kid,
Setting in the shade of a pyramid
She got a daddy rich as old King Tut.
I hear her mummy’s all wrapped up.
Got a room of diamonds on every shelf.
When I walk in, she’ll say, “help yourself.”
I’ll fill my pockets and after a while,
We’ll make some time,
Look at that girl go
Like she sure is hep, ain’t she?
Like, wow, get the snake
Away from my girl!
Oh, no, it’s too late!
Your funniest yet!
Walk like a...Huma.
Thanks nit, that’s been around awhile but I think you missed a lot of them.
All imperators, not “emperors.” Octavian was made Augustus Princeps, which was an unprecedented title created for him.
That's for sure! From the images they have of her, which are few, she definitely appears as a very unattractive woman!
Zaftig Neh ?