‘Cleopatra: The Exhibit’ at the California Science Center
Cleopatra — she ruled the men who ruled the world…
They called her the most famous woman in history. It’s true – most know her by name even if we don’t really know what she looks like. Despite all the movies and art created based on her assumed beauty and life, the truth about the last queen of Egypt remains a true mystery. When the Roman Empire demolished her empire, they destroyed her image and rewrote her history. They painted her as nothing but a seductress who used her charm to manipulate powerful men. That is only partly true.
Egypt was a fascination for me while I was growing up. The exhibit at the California Science Center is cool to me because I love how they are still discovering so much about ancient Egypt. Two archaeologists, Franck Goddio and Zahi Hawass, have unearthed new artifacts from Alexandria, Cleopatra’s capital which has been buried underwater for about 2,000 years. They claim that they might be even closer to finding her actual body and we might finally know what she really looked like.
The exhibit features 150 priceless objects from Cleopatra’s daily life. They even have a scroll on display that had a sample of her handwriting. There were a lot of well preserved relics and jewelry that she might have even touched with her own hands.
I learned a lot of new things about her through this exhibit. I didn’t know that she spoke seven different languages and was an expert linguist. She does have a notorious reputation as the mistress of powerful men like Ceasar and Marc Anthony, she was a very intelligent person. She was not afraid to be a femaleÂ authoritativeÂ figure which was probably unusual at the time. I don’t think history can deny her courage.
I think Cleopatra, despite the fact that the truth about her is shrouded with myth and stories written by her enemies, had become legendary. She is a figure that we are in awe of. I admire her for what she accomplished.
The exhibit will be at the California Science Center from until December 31, 2012.
Â Follow the Space Pirate Queen on twitterÂ @punkagogo.