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We Arsione’s Body, The Sister of Cleopatra

Austrian Archaeologist Hilke Thur ensures that the remains found in a tomb in Ephesus belong to Arsíone IV, murdered by order of his brother Marco Antonio.

3D reconstruction of the face of Arsíone

Are the remains found in the mysterious tomb known as the “Octagon” in Ephesus, the Cleopatra’s sister, murdered by order of her lover Mark Antony? This ensures the Austrian archaeologist Hilke Thur, specialist in this city of modern Turkey. Ten years ago, Thur skeleton found a young woman inside of the burial site. A skeleton, now says this specialist, belongs to Arsinoe IV, daughter of the same father as the famous sovereign of Egypt.

Thur is these days in the U.S., where it is giving a lecture about his alleged discovery sponsored by the Association of American Friends of Turkey.

“When I started working with the architecture of the adjacent building Octagon and did not know who owned the skeleton was inside. Then I found that some ancient writers tell us that in 41 BC, Arsinoe IV, the half-sister of Cleopatra, was murdered in Ephesus by Cleopatra and her Roman lover, Mark Antony, “he explains in an interview Thur q ue has granted the newspaper “News Observer” .

“Since the building data, by type and decoration, from the second half of the first century BC, it fits pretty well. I was tying up loose ends, “he says.

Finding large

The tomb, in fact, was discovered in 1926, and the skull of its occupant was taken to Germany to be studied, which disappeared during World War II. But Thur has based part of their studies in photographs and diagrams taken then.

“Arsinoe managed to unite all factions Egyptian, creating a common front against Rome and Cleopatra. If it has really succeeded in demonstrating that the remains econtrados are yours, we have something very big “, considers the Aníbal González-Arintero archaeologist, specializing in the classical Mediterranean world.

The scientific evidence is increasingly strong. The carbon-14 test skeleton has been dated between the years 200 and 20 BC, and forensic analysis confirmed that the bones belong to a woman aged between 15 and 20 years, data that could correspond to those of Arsinoe. Furthermore, the absence of disease or malnutrition remains point to a sudden death due to an accident or execution.

The remains have been examined by anthropologist Fabian Kanz, who initially was quite skeptical about this. “We tried to rule out that it was Arsinoe. We use all methods at hand to find something that would allow us to say ‘No way Arsinoe by this and this’ “, said Kanz. But at the coincidence of evidence, opinion has been changing gradually.

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