Hey PI girls! For the last part of my birthday, we went to go see the Cleopatra exhibit in downtown LA, and let me just tell you, it was mind-blowing! It was so fascinating to see all of the priceless artifacts and pieces the archaeologists have discovered in recent years.
Cleopatra always has been known for her beauty, but beauty isn’t what made her the strong female leader she was (in fact, archaeologists now think Cleopatra may not have been the beautiful seductress Hollywood always portrays her as!). Instead, she was fearless-and a leader among men. Cleopatra VII Philopator (January 69 B.C. – August 12, 30 B.C.) was the last queen of ancient Egypt. She was born into a royal family, and was eventually elevated to become the pharaoh. The story of her reign is pretty fascinating, and if you want to read more about her, wikipedia is a good source. Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra
I hope these photos inspire you, girls!
The first one is a carving of Cleopatra herself, created during her reign as queen of Egypt.
This is a carving of one of the Pharaohs of her time.
A statue of an Egyptian god they worshiped. Girlies, worshiping false Gods is a sin! Many people today worship false gods by idolizing their favorite celebs, but it’s so important to only worship our One True God!
This is how the Egyptians used to write–they would carve the words into stones. Look at how incredible their language was!
Here is a water pitcher they used.
This is a helmet of a Greek fighter during the battle to take over Egypt. Cleopatra was Greek herself!
Some of the weapons used in battle.
Cleopatra and her servants used gold dishes–talk about her wanting luxury!
This is another carving of a false god they worshiped.
Here are coins, which were their currency.
The Egyptians liked working with gold because it was not only beautiful, but also it was a soft metal that they could easily melt and create what they wanted from it.
Some of the jewelry the upper class Egyptian women owned! It’s amazing that these rare pieces were discovered deep in the ocean!
Here is a pair of gold earrings, it’s interesting because chandelier earrings are still popular to this day!
A lot of the jewelry the women owned were pieces that had an animal carving on them.
Some of the more modern paintings and pictures of Cleopatra created by artists, including a photo of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.
Paintings of Cleopatra date back all the way to the 1500s!
What do you think about Cleopatra and the photos of her exhibit, girls?
[Images: Courtesy of Nicole Weider]