Milwaukee Public Museum: Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt
On Monday, November 14th, we went to the Milwaukee Public Museum to see the exhibit entitled: "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt." Now, it has to be confessed that there's probably only one piece in the exhibition that Cleopatra the 9th actually touched, that being a parchment document granting a tax concession (politics has not changed a lot since Cleopatra's day, evidently,) which bears her "make it so" imprimatur. However, the exhibition does contain 150 artifacts from the Ptolemaic period, most of them recently recovered from Alexandria harbor, where they have lain since that portion of the great city was destroyed by earthquake and tsunami nearly 2000 years ago. This is an era much less seen in museums than that of the Pharaohs such as Tutankhamen, and showed some interesting stylistic differences even in such things as colossal statues that we found fascinating. There was some very handsome jewelry, and a number of very fine coins. The exhibit also contained information new to me on the Queen's convoluted family tree, and on the numerous political intrigues, rebellions, and wars the Queen survived before her final fatal confrontation with Rome.
Very interesting and recommended for fans of Egyptology.