4 Reasons Hollywood’s Cleopatra Isn’t Black (Pg. 4)


RI Reeves / August 16, 2010

2. There’s Debate if Cleopatra Was Actually Black—

Cleopatra has often been depicted in paintings and in film to be European, and she did in fact have Roman and Greek heritages in her background. But recently a team of archeologists uncovered the tomb of Cleopatra’s sister, Princess Arisnoe, and it was discovered that the two women’s mother had an African skeleton. This finding which was highlighted in a BBC One special that aired in March 2009, but the debate rages on. Was Cleopatra black or not? It depends on whom you ask, if African always means ‘black’ in America’s definition of the word and if you believe the all the paintings, folklore and Hollywood depictions over archeological findings.