BEING CLEOPATRA: December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets: Egyptian Magic

Cleopatra's beauty secrets are still going strong today! Check out how you can have the same treatments as Cleopatra. Users of the product rave that it's the miricle cream used from everyhing from post-surgery relief to pretty hair! Cleopatra has definitely started a trend and now has a celibrity followings like: Kate Hudson, Madonna and Emily Blunt. It uses the same natural ingredients that Cleopatra is said to have used:
Olive oil (giving skin a healthy sheen)
Beeswax and honey (age-fighting antioxidants)
Bee pollen
Royal jelly
Bee propolis

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cleopatra in Vogue: September 2010 Issue

Escada dark-plum velvet dress with knotted open back. House of Lavande duet clips.

Vera Wang amber draped velvet corset top and skirt. Lorraine Schwartz diamond-and-black jade earrings.

Giorgio Armani black velvet cocktail dress. Lorraine Schwartz black jade-and-diamond cuff.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Neddle: Central Park New York, NY USA

Cleopatra's Needle: Paris, France

Cleopatra's Needle: London, United Kingdom

Cleopatra's Needle: Alexandria, Egypt (re-erected in London)

All three obelisks were constructed in ancient Egypt and later re-erected in other locations in the 19th century. The nickname these monuments acquired are actually not very accurate since they were erected over a thousand years before Cleopatra's lifetime.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Being Cleopatra: Danielle de Niese

American soprano Danielle de Niese sings one of Cleopatra's arias V'adoro pupille (I adore you eyes) from Act II of Handel's 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto' with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005 under the musical direction of William Christie.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

How did the Ancient Egyptians Celebrate December 25?

Statue of Isis Suckling Horus, Bronze (664-332 BC)

The virgin mother Isis and her son Horus (20 BC)

In the ancient Egyptian traditions it was customary to celebrate the birth of Horus who was born on the equivalent to our 25th of December in around 3000 BC.

Let me set up the story: Set, Nephtys, Osiris and Isis were the four children born from the Sky Goddess, Nut, and fathered by the Sun God, Ra. Osiris was not only a god, but he also became the first king of Egypt and married his sister Isis who gave birth to Horus. However, Isis was still said to be a virgin mother. Legend has it that Osiris was killed by his brother, Set, and his body was cut into 14 pieces which were dispersed through Egypt. Isis retrieved the remains of her husband and was able to conceive Horus.

She went into hiding in the marshes of the Nile Delta, and gave birth to Horus, the Son of God, under Sirus, the brightest star in the sky located in the eastern sky.

Very interesting!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

All I want for Christmas is a Cleopatra Barbie Doll!

"This striking portrayal of Barbie doll as Cleopatra captures the nobility of a divine queen. She wears a dazzling cape and skirt with exotic green and black design, featuring a golden rope embellishment. Her extravagant headdress lends a regal air with its ornate design with scarab and cobra details. The faux jewel and golden earrings, dagger, and scepter reveal the Pharaoh's exotic origin. History and striking elegance meet to create an extraordinary doll."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cleopatra in the News: Pop Culture Creates New Heroines

"Cleopatra is kind of the perfect modern American woman even though she is not modern and she is not American"
-Bob Thompson

Pop Culture Creates New Heroines by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa appeared December 21, 2010 in The New York Times. This article examines how women have been portrayed in the media. The second part of the article focuses solely on how Cleopatra is the new role model for the modern American woman.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ancients Behaving Badly

The History Channel explores the world's most famous leaders from ancient times in this documentary style DVD set. One of the leaders featured is Cleopatra.

Take an innovative look at some of the world s most fascinating, iconic, and ruthless leaders as HISTORYTM cuts through the folklore to present precise portraits of characters from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and Caligula to Cleopatra. Using the latest historical discoveries, forensic science tests, archaeological finds, analysis of torture instruments, and battlefield dynamics, ANCIENTS BEHAVING BADLY sheds light on these leaders and how they really came to power (most killed off family members); treated their subjects, friends, and family; were so successful in keeping their power; demonstrated battlefield leadership; and achieved such spectacular transformations at home. Expert interviews, on-location shots, and CGI help to re-create their environments and provide stunning reenactments.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets: The Passionate Olive Oil

~Cleopatra's Nail and Cuticle Treatment~

Mix together:
1 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp of sea salt

Massage a small amount into your nails and cuticles
Wipe off any excess with a clean cloth and lightly buff
End the treatment with a few drops of olive oil massaged onto your hands

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cleopatra in the News: Are Angelina Jolie & James Cameron Making a Film on Cleopatra?

There has been much talk about the dream team, Angelina Jolie and James Cameron, making a 3D film about Cleopatra. Producer Scott Rudin has bought the rights to Stacy Schiff‘s book Cleopatra: A Life, and wants Jolie to star as the sexy heroine. Rudin says the film is “being developed for and with Jolie.” Schiff, the author of the biography, has already given her blessing saying, “physically, she’s the perfect look.”
On December 7, 2010 when MTV asked Jolie if she will be playing Cleopatra she replied, "I hope to one day."

However, on December 14, 2010 at the California Hall of Fame, Cameron said that he has decided not to pursue making Cleopatra, but instead to focus on his upcoming project, Avatar 2.

While Cameron may be out, rumor now has it that real-life lover to Jolie, Brad Pitt, may be in!

We'll see what happens...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cleopatra in Vogue: Swimsuit Edition

In 1962 photographer, Paul Schutzer, featured this Paris model in a "Cleopatra look" bathing suit and cap.
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