Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has confirmed that Queen Cleopatra had “fair skin and Hellenistic features” and to corroborate this, it has placed several statues of Queen Cleopatra on the institute’s website with their “real features and their Macedonian origins”. published together. In the documentary announced by the Netflix platform, the emperor who plays Cleopatra VII has African features and dark skin.
This has been noted by Mustafa Vaziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, who laments that the appearance of Cleopatra with African features is “a falsification of Egyptian history and a major historical fallacy.”
The Egyptian ministry’s website also reports that the film is classified as a documentary and not a theatrical work, which is why those in charge of its production are required to “conduct accurate investigations and use historical and scientific facts”. But there is a need to base ourselves in order to be sure that history and civilizations are not false”.
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Furthermore, the Secretary-General has pointed out that there are many antiquities of Queen Cleopatra, including representations on statues and coins, which confirm her true appearance and physical characteristics, which reflect Hellenistic (Greek) characteristics of Queen Cleopatra. Means fair skin, sharp nose and thin lips.
Similarly, Mustafa Waziri insisted that controversy arise before screenings of the film in defense of the story of Queen Cleopatra VII, which is an important and authentic part of ancient Egyptian history, “far from any ethnic racism”, a Emphasizing at the same time “full respect for African civilizations” and for their “brothers” on the African continent.