BBC1 Ma 23.03.09 - 22u00 - Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer

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BBC1 Ma 23.03.09 - 22u00 - Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer

Berichtdoor meretseger » Ma Mrt 16, 2009 10:37 am

Een documentaire over Cleopatra.
Uit de vondst van de tombe van vermoedelijk Cleopatra's zus, Prinses Arsinoe, in Turkije, zou blijken dat Cleopatra afrikaanse voorouders zou hebben gehad.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/also_in_the_news/7945333.stm

Cleopatra 'of African descent'

The legendarily beautiful Egyptian queen Cleopatra was part African, says a documentary team who believe they have found the tomb of her sister.
It was traditionally thought that Mark Anthony's lover was of Greek descent.
But remains of the queen's sister Princess Arsinoe, found in Ephesus, Turkey. indicate that her mother had an "African" skeleton.
Experts have described the results - revealed in a BBC documentary - as "a real sensation."
The discovery was made by Dr Hilke Thuer of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He said: "It is unique in the life of an archaeologist to find the tomb and the skeleton of a member of Ptolemaic dynasty.
"That Arsinoe had an African mother is a real sensation which leads to a new insight on Cleopatra's family and the relationship of the sisters Cleopatra and Arsinoe."
Documentary presenter and archaeologist Neil Oliver said: "Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony - they are all iconic figures from history.
"It's almost impossible to remember they were real people and not the semi-mythical figures portrayed by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor."
He continued: "It was like a splash of cold water in the face to be confronted by them as human beings.
"When I stood in the lab and handled the bones of Cleopatra's blood sister - knowing that in her lifetime she touched Cleopatra and perhaps Julius Caesar and Mark Antony as well- I felt the hairs go up on the back of my neck.
"Suddenly these giant figures from history were flesh and blood."
There was plenty of sibling rivalry Princess Arsinoe and her powerful sister Cleopatra - many believe the queen ordered her Roman partner Mark Anthony to murder her.
The film examines the life of Cleopatra - who had an affair with Julius Caesar - including her murderous intentions towards Arsinoe.

Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer is on BBC One at 9pm on March 23.
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Berichtdoor Philip Arrhidaeus » Za Mei 09, 2009 1:10 pm

Sorry voor het zeer uitgestelde antwoord, Meretseger ... jouw - zeer welkome - bericht gaf inspiratie voor het 'interview' met Dr. Verreth:
viewtopic.php?t=1779&mforum=prkmthetegyptef

'Portait of a killer' is natuurlijk een publiekstrekker-titel, maar eigenlijk deed dat mens niet minder - of zekere niet meer - dan wat ze in haar familie geleerd had.

Cleopatra was niet anders dan menig wereldleider - laat het ons op de oudheid houden.

De documentaire vond ik - behalve de mooie en interessante beelden - eerder vergezocht en ik vraag me af hoe het mogelijk is om academici zover te krijgen dat ze dergelijke veronderstellingen als absolute waarheid verkondigen.
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