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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
"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 15 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 21 months ago 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
EXCELLENT HISTORY read!!! I never get enough of reading about this woman. she surely was a leader as well as survivor!!!!Published on January 6, 2013 by Irene Ashkinaz
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... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by leslie lloyd
The Search has ended. Beautiful pictures and rare statutes & the cover easily makes this a classic & collectors book. I've actually bought two. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Melvyn