WHERE IS CLEOPATRA BURIED?
“No grave upon the Earth shall clip in it a pair so famous,” eulogised Shakespeare about the shared resting place of Antony and Cleopatra. But the Bard wasn’t clear on this grave’s location, and historical record isn’t either.
Plutarch and Suetonius wrote that after Octavian defeated the two lovers – leading to Cleopatra’s legendary encounter with the asp in 30 BC – he allowed them to be buried together. Neither wrote down where, but a decade of excavations at the temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria, hopes to reveal the answer.
Dominican archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, with the help of famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, has found coins minted by Cleopatra and an alabaster bust of the historic beauty. It is not conclusive proof, but a tantalising piece of the millennia-old puzzle.