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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205453
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is a gorgeous book, professional and with stunning photos. It certainly didn't disappoint. I highly recommend it to readers who like Egypt and have an interest in artefacts retrieved from the past. Highly recommended.
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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.
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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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Lovely book! Exceeds National Geographic photographys usual brilliance! Lots of informative text.Even if you can't actually get to the exhibition you will be entertained and enlightened by this volume.I reccomend this volume to anyone with an interest in this Queen, country or age!
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