An interesting piece of information was the announcement by Harry Tzalas, head of the Greek archaeological mission, of the disocvery of a piece of a giant granite threshold.According to to Harry Tzalas the discovery of the threshold sheds new light on an element of the couple’s dying hours which has long eluded historians.
The Guardian (UK) newspaper had an interesting article about this signinficant discovery:
They were one of the world’s most famous couples, who lived lives of power and glory – but who spent their last hours in despair and confusion. Now, more than 2,000 years since Antony and Cleopatra walked the earth, historians believe they may finally have solved the riddle of their last hours together.
A team of Greek marine archaeologists who have spent years conducting underwater excavations off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt have unearthed a giant granite threshold to a door that they believe was once the entrance to a magnificent mausoleum that Cleopatra VII, queen of the Egyptians, had built for herself shortly before her death.
They believe the 15-tonne antiquity would have held a seven metre-high door so heavy that it would have prevented the queen from consoling her Roman lover before he died, reputedly in 30BC…
The archaeologists have also recovered a nine-tonne granite block which they believe formed part of a portico belonging to the adjoining temple of Isis Lochias. “We believe it was part of the complex surrounding Cleopatra’s palace,” said Zahi Hawas,
“This is an important part of Alexandria’s history and brings us closer to knowing more about the ancient city.”
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