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Egypt: Tomb Of Cleopatra And Lover To Be Uncovered
Adnkronos ^ | 4-24-2008

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.


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1 posted on 04/25/2008 7:44:35 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 04/25/2008 7:45:01 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Walk like an Egyptian...


3 posted on 04/25/2008 7:47:58 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: blam
A picture of the Sphinx?
4 posted on 04/25/2008 7:51:33 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: dayglored

Watch out for the mummy’s revenge!


5 posted on 04/25/2008 7:51:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (Reagan would have never said "She's my girl")
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To: blam

6 posted on 04/25/2008 7:52:38 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: blam

They should put Geraldo Rivera on the story....


7 posted on 04/25/2008 7:54:35 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: blam
Here are the two lovers in question....


8 posted on 04/25/2008 7:56:19 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: blam
He was also Cleopatra's lover and bore him a son, called Caesarion.

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.

9 posted on 04/25/2008 7:56:53 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: blam

[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.


10 posted on 04/25/2008 7:59:48 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Perdogg
> Watch out for the mummy’s revenge!

Indeed!


11 posted on 04/25/2008 8:00:40 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: blam
Fantastic.

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.

12 posted on 04/25/2008 8:05:43 PM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: blam

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.


13 posted on 04/25/2008 8:06:38 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: dayglored

The Mummy Returns ain’t bad either. :)


14 posted on 04/25/2008 8:07:10 PM PDT by processing please hold ( "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.")
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To: blam
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.

They suspect the tomb is under water?? For how long? Wouldn't that kind of effect the contents therein?

15 posted on 04/25/2008 8:10:22 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: dayglored

Amazing how European Cleopatra looked...


16 posted on 04/25/2008 8:11:01 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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To: Rebelbase

THE MUMMY:

IIRC, there was a chick fight scene that was very...stimulating! Um. Very.


17 posted on 04/25/2008 8:13:07 PM PDT by Amadeo
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To: Rebelbase
Tina Turner as Cleopatra:


18 posted on 04/25/2008 8:14:09 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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To: Sherman Logan
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."
19 posted on 04/25/2008 8:16:35 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: Rebelbase
> Amazing how European Cleopatra looked...

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.

20 posted on 04/25/2008 8:16:51 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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