Archaeologists discover statues of Cleopatra, Aphrodite

CAIRO (AFP) – An alabaster head of Cleopatra and a mask thought to belong to her lover Mark Antony have been found near Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Monday.

The two treasures, a bronze statue of Goddess Aphrodite and a headless royal statue from the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 323 and 30 BC, were discovered by a joint Egyptian-Dominican Republic team of archeologists in the Tapsiris Magna temple, Hawass said.

Some 20 bronze coins stamped with Cleopatra’s face were found in underground tunnels 50 metres (164 feet) deep in the archeological site, Hawass said.

The teams had originally been searching for Cleopatra’s tomb but Hawass “categorically denied” that they were any closer to finding the queen’s burial place.

“We have found nothing that indicates the presence of the tomb,” he said, adding that the search for the tombs will restart in November. The discovery of Cleopatra’s tomb would be the biggest archaeological discovery in Egypt since Britain’s Howard Carter found the tomb of boy king Tutankhamen in 1922.

Cleopatra and Mark Anthony are one of the most famous couples in history. They committed suicide after their defeat at the battle of Actium, which consolidated Octavian’s rule of Rome.

 

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Posted on May 27, 2008, in Archaeology, Science and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. i love cleopatra

  2. I’m going a presentation on her i know so much about her life.

  3. Ate Eu me Curvaria a Cleopatra,A Deusa do Egito e do Mundo

  4. Really Cool guys!!!

    I llove she too Much she is my MOM !!!

    owqow

  5. Hi Ashley I Looooooooove you and vanessa is soooooooooo stupid but cleopatra is awsome

  6. hey omg!! cleopatra has great makeup! me and my friend are planning to be her for halloween! yeah scary huh?? but although she has pretty eyekliner.. my history teacher said she is a tramp! i and everyone alse agree! ewwww. horeeee.. herie status. but i still like her make up okay?? =]

  7. Cleopatra was not a tramp. Of course, men who loved her wished to be with her, but her true love was Julius Caesar not Mark Anthony as many believe. Jealousy always brings out the nastiness in people because you and your history teacher were peons nobodies and Cleopatra is still recognized to this day!

  8. The dark skin tones used on many ancient Egyptian artificts lead us to believe these were black African People. But Cleopatra was of Greek heritage and is also shown with dark complexion.

    • She was black buddy face the fact you whites have stolen everything from the blacks from music to cleopatra.

  9. I think that cleopatra is hella cool because she is popular like me and we earn thar respect by doing what we were sopposed to do.

  10. nooooooooooooooooooo yall there is 2 queenss in history with that name
    greek and africa

  11. Thanks for the info 🙂

  12. Cleopatra was of Macedonian heritage (just like Alexander the Great). Macedonia was made up of parts of present-day Greece, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. She was not Nubian (African), nor Pharaohnic.

    And, those are the facts.

  13. Βασιλικη

    Although Egypt had considerable influence on Greece, Cleopatra, just as “Poonie” said was a Hellene. The last of the Hellenes to rule on Egyptian soil. Now perhaps there may be a connection between Cleopatra and Africa—as of yet, still not found—but if you look at a bust of her, made presumably during her lifetime, her features contain no features associated with Africans. In fact, she looks pretty much like a Greek.

  14. Szia

    Azt nem értem hogy ugye Cleopátra Egyiptomba volt és hogy került szóba vele
    Aphrodite .
    Két különböző hely mondjuk az időt nem tudom hogy egyidőbe lehettek-e.
    Görög és Egyiptom.

    Laci.
    Hungary

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