A painting of Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1885
Credit: Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1885
It's one of the Most Tragic Love Stories in History: Cleopatra and Mark Antony. She, the queen, seduced him, the powerful (and already married) general. It started a war, and the lovers committed suicide rather than be captured.
But where did they end up? Nobody knows.
Now archaeologists in Egypt are set to excavate a site they think might conceal the lovers' tombs. Evidence suggests the two were buried in a complex tunnel system under the Tabusiris Magna temple, 17 miles from the city of Alexandria, said Zahi Hawass, director of Egypt’s Superior Council for Antiquities and a man whose name appears in just about every press report having anything to do with Ancient Egypt.
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