Cleopatra was probably not light-skinned with blue eyes.
This is the most controversial issue: Greeks often claim she was Greek;
North Africans often claim she was North African. According to Cambridge
Univeristy's Dr. Sally Ann Ashton:
"She probably wasn't just completely European. You've got to remember that
her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to
Dr. Ashton, with the help of Image Foundry Studios, created a digital
likeness of Cleopatra based on her extensive research.
"We constructed this image by piecing together research collected by
Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton from Cambridge University."...
The result — seen above — is a woman who is not, ethnically, French and
German. It's safe to say that the Mediterranean was, in those days, somewhat
of a melting pot. So much trade, so many empires, so many different
ethnicities mixing, enslaving, fornicating and conquering each other. There
were some pharoahs, like Piankhi, who were dark-skinned Nubians. It's clear
from the digital face construction that Dr. Ashton believes Cleopatra was
not an alabaster-skinned queen.
Ted Casablanca points out, "Even the great
Elizabeth Taylor… discovered in her research (and later dished to us) that
Cleopatra was 'a really homely woman.'"
But according to Cassius Dio, Cleo's
personality had a lot to do with it:
"She was a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the
prime of her youth, she was most striking; she also possessed a most
charming voice and knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to every one.
Being brilliant to look upon and to listen to, with the power to subjugate
every one, even a love-sated man already past his prime, she thought that it
would be in keeping with her role to meet Caesar, and she reposed in her
beauty all her claims to the throne."
Cleopatra became queen when she was 18. When Julius Caesar was assassinated
and Cleopatra aligned with Mark Antony, Cleo was 25.
By the way, the beauty Cleopatra, Egyptian pharaoh, built for herself a residencee at the shore of the sunny Dead Sea. It was the first in the world real spa at the Salt Sea (or Dead Sea).
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