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Re: Black Cleopatra
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0744  Friday, 30 March 2001

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Mar 2001 14:09:50 -0500
Subject: 12.0578 Re: Black Cleopatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0578 Re: Black Cleopatra

According to the Sunday Times of London:

Eleven statues of Cleopatra that had previously been thought to portray
other queens will be displayed together for the first time. They show
the queen as plain-looking with a streak of sternness. She was probably
no more than 5ft tall and appears to have been plump. Her image is more
that of an Egyptian blue-stocking academic than a red-hot lover. Her
first language was
Greek, but she also spoke Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic and Egyptian.

There's no reference to skin color, but she had bad teeth.  Information
probably not available to Shakespeare, however.

Clifford Stetner
CUNY
http://phoenix.liu.edu/~cstetner/cds.html

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