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Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt Paperback – September 21, 2010
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book on archaeological searches for Cleopatra and the lovely findings so far.Published 11 hours ago by bonnie bev
Beautiful cover!! As Dr. Zahi Hawass takes us along in search of our favorite historical Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and her rise to power.Published 3 months ago by Angel Ecara
"Closet archaeologists" will love this book describing the search for Cleopatra's palace. Lots of superb photographs and descriptions of artifacts found off the coast of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Delftcdr
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... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by David Simpson
Went to the show in LA and they were out of the books. If you were not able to attend any of the museum tours, this has most all of the items presented. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by CLP
This is an awesome book, photos are wonderful. I love learning about Ancient Egypt. The artisans did exquisite work the like cannot be matched today.Published on January 17, 2013 by Elizabeth Campbell