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Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Source: EmotionPhoto / Adobe Stock.

A Face to the Legend: The Quest to Reconstruct Cleopatra's Look (Video)


Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, is one of the most iconic figures in history. She was known for her intelligence, beauty, and powerful political acumen. Despite her significance, historians have debated for centuries what Cleopatra actually looked like. While some historical sources have given us a glimpse into her appearance, others have remained ambiguous or contradictory. One factor that has made this task even more challenging is the lack of contemporary portraits or images of Cleopatra.

Nevertheless, in recent years, researchers have been using a variety of methods to recreate her likeness, including examining ancient statues and analyzing DNA to solve the riddle of her real ethnicity. By exploring the historical sources and using these techniques, we can begin to piece together a more accurate image of what Cleopatra may have looked like and gain a deeper understanding of this legendary queen.

Top image: Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Source: EmotionPhoto / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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