I’m leading a tour to Egypt later this year and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to see this. When I first went to Egypt, the whole area was off limits, and we had to sneak up to the pyramid. This will be amazing.
Fantastic find. Autographs, along with things like wigs, clothing, sandals, etc. work by the ancient people, truly bring them to life in ways nothing else does, in my opinion.
Tetradrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Ptolemy I Soter (obverse) and eagle (reverse), struck under Kleopatra VII Philopator
Greek (struck at Alexandria, Egypt), Late Hellenistic Period, 51 B.C.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
That these are only 2000 years old indicates that they were likely Graeco-Roman burials.
Great article on the Opet Festival in Egypt.
Interesting insight into the modern ownership of the head. Seems not to have belonged to the person advertised as the owner.
Museum tourists admire an enormous carving of Pharaoh Ramses II in Egypt, April 1991.
Photograph by O. Lewis Mazzatenta, National Geographic
This looks like a rich site for deposits. Fantastic find.
This is true. The least impressive looking finds are often the ones that are in fact the most impressive, even with the pun. We know so little about the Second Dynasty compared to the rest of the Early Dynastic period that the information on these seals can add to what we know by leaps and bounds.
Cleopatra VII ruled ancient Egypt as co-regent (first with her two younger brothers and then with her son) for almost three decades. She became the last in a dynasty of Macedonian rulers founded by Ptolemy, who served as general under Alexander the Great during his conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. Well-educated and clever, Cleopatra could speak various languages and served as the dominant ruler in all three of her co-regencies. Her romantic liaisons and military alliances with the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, as well as her supposed exotic beauty and powers of seduction, earned her an enduring place in history and popular myth.