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Cleopatra’s mystique has puzzled historians for centuries, as nearly all evidence of her rule was either destroyed by Roman conquerors or pushed by earthquakes into the Mediterranean Sea. “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” a new exhibition from National Geographic opening at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute this June, documents the efforts of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Zahi Hawass and underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio to piece together her history. The exhibit documents their collective research, which has uncovered over 150 artifacts–from tiny gold coins to 15-foot-high statues that adorned her grand palace–that are bringing them closer to solving the riddle of the lost queen, whose burial site has still never been found.

The National Geographic News Watch Blog has an interview with NG Fellow Fred Hiebert about the exhibit and Cleopatra’s pivotal role in Egypt’s shift from Greek to Roman rule. Tickets went on sale for the exhibit this week, and it will officially open on June 5th.

[The Franklin Institute]
[National Geographic News Watch Blog]

Photo: A diver stares down a black granite sphinx believed to represent Ptolemy XII, Cleopatra’s father.

Archaeologists found the sphinx during excavations in the ancient harbor of Alexandria. By Jérôme Delafosse courtesy Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

Comments

  1. TonyGarlander
    February 20, 2011, 7:37 pm

    The National Geographic News Watch Blog has an interview with NG Fellow Fred Hiebert about the exhibit and Cleopatra’s pivotal role in Egypt’s shift from Greek to Roman rule. Tickets went on sale for the exhibit this week, and it will officially open on June 5th.
    Ballet Tips

  2. Roger B
    May 26, 2010, 11:00 pm

    A search of all the Nat Geo websites indicates that NG is only listing the FI opening currently and probably won’t list the other sites until after FI has had a chance to draw visitors at $29/ticket.

  3. Andrea Miller
    May 25, 2010, 11:34 pm

    yes I would like the information as to what cities this exhibit will travel too

  4. Katt
    May 25, 2010, 7:20 pm

    I read that it will travel to other NA states, but I cannot find that information anywhere on the site… does anyone know where else & when?

  5. Logan C.
    May 12, 2010, 4:42 pm

    If this is anything like King Tut that was in Philly a couple years ago, the Franklin is going to be mobbed. Marriott has VIP tickets that let you skip the line http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=513094&displayLink=true

  6. Eric
    May 10, 2010, 11:05 am

    This is going to be one of those exciting “What am I going to see” exhibits! The mystery behind Cleo and the culture is amazing