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 the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Giza Plateau. He studied archaeology in Egypt and in the United States, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the American University in Cairo, at UCLA, and at and other universities throughout the world, and he is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including the bestselling "Valley of the Golden Mummies," He was the host of such National Geographic television specials as "Open the Lost Tombs" and "Pyramids Live,"

FRANCK GODDIO, one of the world's leading underwater archaeologists, has spent decades detecting and recovering ancient shipwrecks and searching for the remains of sunken cities. He is the author of many books, has been the subject of numerous TV documentaries and has created worldwide exhibitions based on his research.