Mystery Explored: Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh
Expedition Dates: September 11 – 27, 2005


Cleopatra has been heralded as Egypt’s great beauty, a queen so irresistible that she seduced the likes of Caesar and Marc Anthony and nearly brought Rome to its knees. But it wasn’t her beauty that captivated: Cleopatra was perhaps the most intelligent and cunning of Egypt’s rulers. Unlike her predecessors, she took pains to learn the different languages of the region she controlled and she knew the value of good PR. So, how did she become the last of the pharaohs? I went beyond the legend to uncover the real Cleopatra, digging deep beneath the desert for ancient mummies; searching towering temples for forgotten clues; and diving Alexandria Harbor in search of Cleopatra’s Palace.

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General, Supreme Council of Antiquities
Dr. Okasha el-Daly, Archaeologist
Mr. Richie Kohler, Diver
Mr. John Chatterton, Diver
Dr. Jean-Yves Empereur, Archaeologist
Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, Archaeologist
Mr. Nasr Tolba, Snake Handler

Locations Visited:
Cairo, Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt
Saqqara, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt



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