Monday, June 15, 2009

The Tomb of Cleopatra and Antony

Dr. Hawass talks about criticism he has received in regards to the fact that one of his teams is searching for the improbable tomb of Cleopatra VII and her squeeze Mark Antony. The suggestion that the Roman Emperor Octavian would have had his enemies mummified and buried together is unlikely as it would have been politically unsound for him to leave their mummies as a rallying point for his Egyptian and Greek enemies.

Dr. Hawass believes that his critics are jealous of him and goes on to say" I can understand that some foreigners do not like our methods. They are not used to seeing Egyptian missions making new discoveries, or directing their own excavations."

There is that chip on his shoulder again that resentment of Egypt's colonial period which hopefully he will someday be able to put to rest as the past is done and gone and such words can only harm and distract from the work he is attempting to do.

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