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Cleopatra as Isis-Aphrodite


Arienne King
by George Shuklin
published on 14 March 2018
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This black basalt statue from Egypt portrays the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII as Isis-Aphrodite (c. 51-30 BCE). Most Ptolemaic queens associated themselves with the goddess but none more famously than Cleopatra. In her own lifetime, she was considered to be the living incarnation of the Isis who was identified as Aphrodite, Venus and Astarte in various regions of the Mediterranean. (Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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