The tomb of Cleopatra and Antony has been a point of interest for many centuries. Not only does history place them among the most potent lovers, but they have also been immortalized by Shakespeare’s tragedy – Antony and Cleopatra.
Just like Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra loved each other dearly, but their story ended disastrously. However, unlike the former, Antony and Cleopatra were real and not fiction. History has it that they requested for a joint burial in case they were defeated by the Romans, but the position of the tomb remains a mystery.
Who Were Cleopatra and Mark Antony?
Cleopatra’s history is a colorful one. She was Greek, but DNA evidence from her half-sister shows that she may have been African. Modern historians believe that she was Egyptian, probably because of her status as Egypt’s pharaoh. Long before she started her relationship with Mark Antony, Cleopatra was married to Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, both of whom were her brothers. She ruled Egypt alongside her brothers. She also had an affair with Julius Caesar with whom she bore a son.
Mark Antony was a Roman general, a politician, and Caesar’s friend. He was part of the Second Triumvirate that ended the Roman Republic in 43 BCE. He was later become an enemy of Octavian, who was also a member of the Second Triumvirate. This hostile relationship is what caused Antony to be defeated by the Romans and eventually commit suicide in 30 BCE by stabbing himself with a sword in the abdomen.
The Ill-Fated Lovers
Following Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BCE, Cleopatra became Egypt’s sole ruler. She met Antony in 41 BCE and bore three children with him even though he already had a wife. Their love affair proceeded until Antony’s passing on. Ancient historians believe that Octavian allowed Cleopatra to arrange his funeral after defeating Antony. Two weeks after Antony’s death, Cleopatra took her own life. She may have either poisoned herself or enticed a cobra to bite her.
Has Cleopatra’s Tomb Been Found?
Many sensational claims have it that archeologists have finally discovered the long lost tomb of two lovers; Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Others allege that the archeologists are practically at the door of this celebrated couple’s final resting place.
Unfortunately, none of this is accurate as Cleopatra’s tomb hasn’t been discovered yet. Archeologists have been searching in the right area, and there are chances of finding the grave, but it’s yet to be uncovered.
There’s Hope in the Search for Cleopatra’s and Antony’s Tomb
It is believed that Cleopatra committed suicide in Alexandria, a palace that’s now buried under the sea. If her burial site was the palace, it is possible that her tomb shall never be traced. However, if she was buried in that area, there’s the hope of finding her remains, which historians believe is highly likely.
Dr, Zahi Hawass alongside other distinguished archeologists are focusing their search of locating the lost tomb as there are several burials there already and coins bearing Cleopatra’s image. Therefore, the artifacts suggest that a famous person is within the place. The location is about 31 miles from the city where Cleopatra committed suicide, so, it is highly probable.
With the newest discovery, there is plenty of hope in finally locating Cleopatra’s tomb. Let’s hang in there and hope archeologists find it soon.