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Facial reconstruction of Cleopatra. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Royalty Now Studios.

Remarkable Facial Reconstruction of Cleopatra (Video)


Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian queen of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is a historical figure who has captured the imagination for centuries. Born in 69 BC, she ascended to the throne at just 18 years old and ruled with remarkable intelligence and charisma. Cleopatra was not only a ruler but also a diplomat, fluent in multiple languages, and a lover of arts and sciences. While historical records provide some insights into her personality and accomplishments, they offer limited descriptions of her physical appearance. Cleopatra was of Greek descent, a descendant of Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals who became ruler of Egypt. Her ethnicity was predominantly Greek, and she would have had Mediterranean features.

Representations of Cleopatra vary widely, influenced by the ideals and aesthetics of different eras. Some contemporary coins depict her with sharp features and a prominent nose, suggesting her Greek heritage. However, she was known for her intelligence and charm, which likely played a significant role in her allure. Cleopatra's legendary beauty is often romanticized, with depictions ranging from the seductive allure of Elizabeth Taylor to more historically rooted portrayals. The truth about her appearance may forever remain a mystery, but her legacy as a brilliant and powerful queen endures through the ages.

Top image: Facial reconstruction of Cleopatra. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Royalty Now Studios.

By Robbie Mitchell



It's amazing that the reconstruction hasn't turned her into a Nubian, for that sort of revisionism seems very popular these days.

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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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