Cleopatra, Mark Anthony

Nieuws over opgravingen in Egypte hebben in het verleden
tot zulke hypes geleid, dat veel mensen daar nog steeds
gebruik van willen maken.
Niet in de laatste plaats is het nieuws van Zahi Hawass
per definitie verdacht.

Aan Cleopatra toegeschreven portret.

De archeologische projecten in Egypte zijn vandaag de dag
altijd een combinatie van Egyptische interesse en buitenlands geld.
Ook nu weer.
Hawass, de man die bepaalt wie waar mag graven in Egypte
tegen welke kost, werkt hier samen met een archeologisch team
uit, hou je vast, de Dominicaanse Republiek.
Niets te na van de mensen die in dat team hard werken om
een opgraving te realiseren, maar dit is niet het land
met de meeste kennis, historie, evaring, expertise enz
op het gebied van archeologisch onderzoek in Egypte.


Bronzen munten met een afbeelding van Cleopatra.

Dan is al dit nieuws gebaseerd op een paar radarbeelden
en en paar vondsten die nog niet definitief geidentificeerd zijn.
De munten waarschijnlijk uitgezonderd.
Maar van het albasten portret hierboven wordt alleen door de
archeologen ter plaatse gezegd dat het om Cleopatra gaat.


Assumed funerary mask of Marc Antony.

De grote archeoloog Hawass spreekt in zijn verklaring
dan ook alleen maar over hoe knap Cleopatra toch wel niet moet zijn geweest.
Dit in tegenstelling tot recent wetenschappelijk onderzoek

Naar mijn mening lijkt de vrouw in albast helemaal niet
op de vrouw op de munt.
Ik vind dat net de Venus van Milo.
Maar het blijft een mooi verhaal.
Prachtige film ook met Elizabeth Taylor en Richard Burton.
Ik bekijk hem nog regelmatig.


Love eternal?Egyptian dig hopes to uncover Cleopatra and Mark Antony side by side
By Cher Thornhill
The burial place of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony
has remained an enduring mystery,
but new evidence suggests it could soon be laid to rest.
Archaeologists are to begin searching three new sites
identified in a radar survey of a temple close to Alexandria
for the tombs of the celebrated queen of Egypt and the Roman general.
Egypt’s top archaeologist Zahi Hawass
said the finds have raised hopes that the legendary couple
will be found together in a system of tunnels
beneath the temple of Tabusiris Magna.
The discovery would be even bigger than the uncovering
of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was found in 1922,
according to Dr Hawass.

The excavation is hoped to unravel a number of questions
that have lingered over the couple, including whether they were buried together,
her reputed beauty and their suicide.
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said that the three sites
were identified last month during a radar survey
of the temple close to Alexandria.
It is located on Lake Abusir, once known as Lake Mariut,
near the northern coastal city and was built during the reign
of King Ptolemy II from 282 to 246 BC.
Teams from Egypt and the Dominican Republic have been excavating
the temple for the last three years.
They have already discovered a number of deep shafts
inside the holy site, three of which were possibly used for burials.
The leaders of the excavation believe it’s possible
Cleopatra and Mark Anthony could have been buried
in a deep shaft similar to those already found.
The couple are widely believed to have committed suicide
after their defeat in the battle of Actium in 31 BC.
Kathleen Martinez, an Egyptologist involved in the dig,
said that Roman records suggested that the lovers
were then buried together.
She added that the unearthing of ten mummies of nobles
in the area has raised hopes that the lovers could be nearby.
But other experts are less convinced. John Baines,
professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford,
said it is unlikely that Mark Anthony, who was an enemy,
would have a burial place that would have stood the test of time.
Hopes of finding their tomb were raised with last year’s discoveries
at the site of: a bronze statue of the goddess Aphrodite;
the alabaster head of a Queen Cleopatra statue;
a mask believed to belong to Mark Anthony;
and a headless statue from the Ptolemaic era
at the excavation site.
The expedition also found 22 coins bearing Cleopatra’s image.
Dr Hawass said the statue and coins – which show an attractive face –
debunk a recent theory that the queen was ‘quite ugly’.
‘The finds from Tabusiris reflect a charm… and indicate
that Cleopatra was in no way unattractive,’ he said in a statement.
Academics at the University of Newcastle concluded in 2007
that the fabled queen was not especially attractive
based on Cleopatra’s depiction on a Roman denarius coin
which shows her as a sharp-nosed, thin-lipped woman with a protruding chin.
The popular image of the lovers is of Cleopatra played by Elizabeth Taylor
opposite Richard Burton in the 1963 Hollywood film of the Egyptian queen.
It was during filming that the co-stars became lovers.