The Tomb of Cleopatra: History’s Ill-Fated Love Story of Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
Mark Antony and Cleopatra are among the most famous lovers from the pages of ancient history. For several years, several sensational claims have emerged, stating that archaeologists have finally uncovered the long-lost tomb of history's most ill-fated lovers: Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.
Some even state that the researchers have reached the doors of the famous final resting place. Unfortunately, neither of the statements seem to be true. While there are high chances that archaeologists might be searching in the right area, the tomb has not yet been discovered.
Several news reporters asserted that famed Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass during a lecture in Palermo, Italy, became excited regarding the imminent discovery of the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. In January 2019, the world was abuzz with whispers, and even the Western media centers broadcasted headlines like "Antony and Cleopatra's long lost tomb found and is set to be uncovered." According to the rumors, a team lead by esteemed archaeologist Zahi Hawass was closing in on the site of where the queen of Egypt and the Roman general had been buried. However, utter disappointment spread across the world as these allegations proved to be false. Hawass and his team debunked the myth in an interview and stated the stories to be false with such a sign of the tomb. As with the spread of these rumors, it is expected these claims must have sprung from some kernel of truth. In the same month in a press conference, Hawass declared that the tomb could be discovered in the ancient city of Taposris Magna, where catacombs of Egyptian artifacts relating to Cleopatra have earlier been found.
Amateur archaeologist Kathleen Martinez currently undertakes the excavation, and Hawass analyzing the efforts concedes to be on the right track. Hence, excavation for the generation-long search of the elusive tomb continues. Antony and Cleopatra's eternal resting place has long fascinated archaeologists and historians for several generations due to the story of the couple's colorful history and ill-fated demise. Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt ruled between 51 B.C. and 30 B.C. was renowned for her remarkable perception and gracefulness.
Greek historian Plutarch describes her as "the sort that would astound those who saw her; interaction with her was captivating…her tongue was like a many-stringed instrument."
Story of Cleopatra and Antony:
Cleopatra married Julius Caesar and had a son named Cesarion or "Little Caesar." After Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C., the Roman politician, general, and co-counsel of Caesar, Mark Anthony formed a political triumvirate with Octavian, the chosen heir, and great-nephew of Julius Caesar, and with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, the Roman diplomat. Cleopatra met with Antony for political alliance, but both of them fell in love with each other. When they met, Antony was already married to Octavian's sister, divorced her for Cleopatra, enraging Octavian.