No, Archaeologists Have Not Found the Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

In this oil painting, Cleopatra sits next to the passing away Mark Antony.

Credit: Christophel Fine Art/UIG by means of Getty Images

Over the previous 2 weeks, various media reports have actually declared that a group led by archaeologist Zahi Hawass is on the brink of finding the burial place of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII at a website in Egypt called “Taposiris Magna.”

However alas, the “set so well-known” has yet to be found. Hawass, Egypt’s previous minister of antiquities, informed Live Science that the report are incorrect.

” This is totally incorrect info; [there is] absolutely nothing discovered at all about the burial place,” Hawass informed Live Science. [The 6 Most Tragic Love Stories in History]

A number of the media reports declare that throughout a current lecture in Palermo, Italy, Hawass stated that the burial place will be discovered. At that lecture, Hawass informed Live Science, he talked about work at Taposiris Magna, which is being performed by a group led by Kathleen Martinez, an archaeologist who thinks that the burial place of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII might be found at the website. While he talked about Martinez’s concept, he never ever stated that archaeologists are close to discovering the burial place.

The group led by Martinez has actually been excavating at Taposiris Magna for about 10 years and has actually made numerous discoveries, consisting of catacombs that date to the Ptolemaic duration (305 B.C. to 30 B.C.), a time when a dynasty of kings who came down from among Alexander the Great’s generals ruled Egypt. After the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 B.C., Egypt ended up being a Roman province.

Antony (lived 83 B.C. to 30 B.C.) and Cleopatra VII (lived 69 B.C. to 30 B.C.) are 2 of history’s most unfortunate fans Antony was a Roman general who, for a time, formed an alliance with Octavian, the 2 collectively ruling over Rome’s broadening empire. Antony invested much of his time in Egypt where he fell for Cleopatra, the couple having 3 kids together.

After a falling out, Octavian and Antony fought with each other in 32 B.C., with Antony’s navy being squashed at the Fight of Actium battled in 31 B.C. Octavian’s forces then landed in Egypt, and Antony and Cleopatra devoted suicide in Alexandria in 30 B.C.

The ancient historians Suetonius (lived A.D. 69 to 122) and Plutarch (lived A.D. 46 to 120) both declared that Antony and Cleopatra were buried together inside a burial place. Plutarch composed that Octavian provided orders that Cleopatra’s “body ought to be buried with that of Antony in superb and royal style” (translation by Bernadotte Perrin).

While Suetonius composed that Octavian “permitted them both the honour of burial, and in the very same burial place, providing orders that the mausoleum which they had actually started ought to be ended up” (translation by J. C. Rolfe). This burial place has actually never ever been discovered.

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