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The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt

By Zahi A. Hawass; Franck Goddio

National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9781426205453, 255pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

Beautiful, mysterious, and tragic, Cleopatra remains one of the most mesmerizing women of all time and here is her story, based on the latest archaeological research. Secrets unfold in the official companion book to the new exhibition cosponsored by National Geographic, opening in Philadelphia in May 2010 and touring the United States for several years. Written by the inimitable Zahi Hawass in collaboration with underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, this richly illustrated book chronicles the life of Cleopatra and the centuries-long quest to learn more about the queen and her tumultuous era, the last pharaonic period of Egyptian history. For the crowds nationwide who will visit the blockbuster exhibit as well as the huge readership for popular illustrated histories such as this "Cleopatra and the Lost Treasures of Egypt" holds rare glimpses and stunning revelations from the life of a star-crossed queen.

About the Author
Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist known throughout the world for his contributions to the understanding and preservation of Egypt's heritage. Among his most important discoveries are the tombs of the pyramid builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya Oasis. "Time" magazine named him one of the world's 10 Most Influential People in 2006.

Franck Goddio is a French archaeologist recognized for his systematic approach to underwater exploration of ancient shipwrecks and remains of past civilizations. He discovered the ancient submerged Royal Quarters of Alexandria in 1996, the lost cities and monuments of Heracleion, and the suburb of Canopus in the Bay of Aboukir, which are featured in this book.