When the Elizabeth Taylor portrayed Cleopatra in 1963, Hollywood convinced us that the Egyptian queen was a legendary beauty. Much to her reputations’ dismay, however, a 2000-year-old coin has revealed quite the opposite.
Newcastle University in England recently invited the world to gaze upon what is probably the most accurate portrait of Cleopatra known to the world, and what viewers saw was an extremely short forehead, a masculine chin, skinny lips, and a nose befitting of the Wicked Witch of the West. In fact, she kind of resembles George Washington-a handsome man in his day, but never a symbol of feminine beauty.
Perhaps, long ago, Cleopatra was indeed considered a gorgeous woman; but this ancient coin shows she’d be considered less-than-average in the looks department today. But all that really matters is that Mark Antony thought she was hot.
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