Today Soleil and I went to the California Science Center. She and I had fun exploring the grounds. Incidentally, admission to the Science Center’s exhibit halls and over 100 mind stimulating exhibits is FREE!
Subsequently, I took a visit to the center to view the Cleopatra exhibit before it retired. It was awesome! Jocque also took a visit with his class and he brought back this great exhibition guide that read some of the following information;
The Lost Queen
For more than two thousand years, little was known of the queen of Egypt. Today, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio has spent twenty years searching for traces of Cleopatra. She was the last queen of Egypt, and one of the most celebrated figures in time. She was descended from a Greek dynasty, the Ptolemies. She encouraged scholarship and learning, wrote books, and was the first Ptolemaic pharaoh to speak Egyptian as well as Greek. Cleopatra was anointed pharaoh at seventeen, co-ruling the powerful and prosperous land of Egypt. Incidentally, the following is one of my favorite paintings of Cleopatra. It is done by Michelangelo Buonarroti. He completed it in 1534 in Rome Italy. The style is high renaissance. It is currently in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy.
Cleopatra came to the city of Canopus from a short boat ride via Alexandria. The city’s main shrine was dedicated to god Sarapis. It drew thousands of pilgrims in search of cures for all kinds of ailments. People came from across the Mediterranean and spent nights sleeping outside Sarapis’s temple. The temple was a serapeum dedicated to the syncretic Hellenistic-Egyptian god Serapis, who combined aspects of Osiris and Apis in a humanized form that was accepted by the Ptolemaic Greeks of Alexandria. The cures the people sought were revealed in dreams the priest would interpret the following morning. Sarapis was a combination of gods, including Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. Sarapis also took on the functions of Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife.
NAOS OF THE DECADES
This naos-an inner shrine that held the temple god-may be the world’s first astrological chart. The year was divided into thirty-six decades, or ten-day periods. Each followed the movement of a star called a decans, which was thought to guide earthly events.
In accordance with Ptolemaic traditions, on the very day that Cleopatra was crowned Pharaoh of Egypt, she also became the divine goddess Isis. As Isis, Cleopatra took part in libation rites at the temple of the Sarapeum-dedicated to the god Sarapis; using sacred instruments to pour offerings of wine, honey, milk, oil, and other liquids. The Sarapeum at Canopus provided an important sanctuary for Cleopatra and earlier Ptolemaic pharaohs, who offered the deity statues in their own likeness. There are many different theories today as to how exactly she died.
Gold Jewelry; Like her Ptolemaic ancestors, Cleopatra’s lifestyle was opulent. This is a similar bangle displayed in the exhibit.
On the way out I snapped a shot of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty…