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Beautiful, mysterious, and tragic, Cleopatra remains one of the most mesmerizing women of all time—and here is her story, based on the latest archaeological research. Secrets unfold in the official companion book to the new exhibition cosponsored by National Geographic, opening in Philadelphia in May 2010 and touring the United States for several years. Written by the inimitable Zahi Hawass in collaboration with underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, this richly illustrated book chronicles the life of Cleopatra and the centuries-long quest to learn more about the queen and her tumultuous era, the last pharaonic period of Egyptian history. For the crowds nationwide who will visit the blockbuster exhibit—as well as the huge readership for popular illustrated histories such as this—Cleopatra and the Lost Treasures of Egypt holds rare glimpses and stunning revelations from the life of a star-crossed queen.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist known throughout the world for his contributions to the understanding and preservation of Egypt's heritage. Among his most important discoveries are the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya Oasis. Time magazine named him one of the world's 10 Most Influential People in 2006.
Franck Goddio is a French archaeologist recognized for his systematic approach to underwater exploration of ancient shipwrecks and remains of past civilizations. He discovered the ancient submerged Royal Quarters of Alexandria in 1996, the lost cities and monuments of Heracleion, and the suburb of Canopus in the Bay of Aboukir, which are featured in this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pottery shards are not sexy. Unless you're into that kind of thing. But add the name of Cleopatra, and everybody's ears perk up. This is a companion book to the traveling National Geographic exhibition, and as such, a great keepsake and explores in more detail items that a physical exhibition can only touch on. By emphasizing the tie of these land and sea explorations to Cleopatra, it almost feels like they have done a bait-and-switch. They haven't, of course; when exploring an archaeological site where people lived for centuries, before and after the life/reign of ANYONE, it is impossible to ONLY look at artifacts from that life/reign. Still it felt like sometimes there was a big stretch to make a Cleopatra connection: "here's an amphora that was common during that time period," "here's a statue from a temple where Cleopatra might have brought offerings," "here's an earring similar to ones Cleopatra would have worn." It is all interesting material, the photographs are impressive, and some items, like a huge stone head that is almost certainly modeled after Cleopatra's son, Caesarion, can be tied to her without too much effort. Underwater (and traditional) archaeology in itself is fascinating, as are the stories of the site explored here: Alexandria, Canopus, Haracleion, and more. But if you pick this up thinking you are going to learn all about Cleopatra's life and the location of her tomb, you will be disappointed.