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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205453
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Beautiful pictures and rare statutes & the cover easily makes this a classic & collectors book.
Melvyn
I am familiar with the writers and subject before reading the book and find the book factual and should be of interest to those interested in Egyptian history .
David Simpson
If you were not able to attend any of the museum tours, this has most all of the items presented.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia A. Rogers on January 6, 2011
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This is the catalogue for the exhibit of the same title. Having been to the exhibit in Philadelphia, PA in Nov. 2010, I feel that the title of the catalogue and exhibit is misleading. It's more about the search and discovery of atrifacts from Cleopatra's time, not artifacts belonging to Cleopatra. However, that being said, the book and exhibt are excellent, IMHO.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Betz on October 24, 2010
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Partly written by Zahi Hawass, this book, which is also the catalogue of the American "Cleopatra" exhibition of 2010, will certainly be a good synthesis of the facts known about this search. You get the informations on Alexandria and the sunken palaces with Frank Goddio, and also the latest discoveries in Taposiris Magna. Many photographs are known from earlier years. Well illustrated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Richardson on July 9, 2012
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There is far more to Egypt than what lies on and under the sands. This book covers many of the newer discoveries from the waters near Alexandria. Hawass does touch briefly on the new search for the ultimate resting place of Cleopatra and the theory that she may have been interred somewhere other than the Egyptian capital. However, he concentrates on the new information and incredible finds collected by archeologists diving in the turbid Mediterranean waters that now conceal the legendary great harbor, its markets, its government buildings, and the royal residences that attracted scholars and traders to the city before Rome became the dominant power in the Mediterranean. The information is tantilizing and the photographs are fascinating. Scholars finally have a more realistic view of the period bracketed by the fall of the Ptolmeys and the rise of Rome. Hawass has yet to find his elusive queen, but he has significantly more information about her world, her palace, and perhaps even a hint of her face (portrayed as the Goddess Isis). The title may be misleading, but the book does offer new information about the life of Cleopatra. The material is fascinating and the book is definitely worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 17, 2010
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The National Geographic official companion to the exhibition stands well alone for any library interested in relics and history related to Egypt in CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EGYPT. Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and marine archaeologist Franck Goddio join forces to provide a solid survey of history and architectural wonders, with color photos throughout packing in relics from Cleopatra's time and life. Libraries will find this an outstanding survey lending to leisure browsing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonia M. Lewis on September 18, 2012
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Other than it being written by Zahi Hawass, it is very enjoyable and follows the layout of the exhibit which was my purpose in purchasing the item. I, personally feel that Dr. Hawass shamefully exploits his position and often contradicts himself. However, the book is beautiful and I am pleased to add it to my Egyptian reference library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greenturtlehope on September 14, 2012
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I purchased the book about a year ago. It had arrived on time and perfect condition, except it had about 20 pages cut out and that was not in the product description.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Loria on October 5, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book. Informative and great quality, and pictures. I wish they could have given more details on Cleopatra, but I know there is still so much unknown.
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By David Simpson on May 24, 2014
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Well documented, beautiful pictures. I am familiar with the writers and subject before reading the book and find the book factual and should be of interest to those interested in Egyptian history .
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