Saturday, March 14, 2009

Skeletons in the Closet

Few people know that Cleopatra had a younger sister named Arsinöe whom she struggled with for power and finally banished to the city of Ephesus, across the Mediterranean Sea from Egypt. Later, she was rumored to have had Arsinöe assassinated to prevent future power struggles.

Now a skeleton found in Ephesus in 1926 has been demonstrated to be Arsinöe's. We don't have Cleopatra's bones (as far as we know), but her little sister can tell us all kinds of things we've always wondered about the famous queen.

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