Myth: We have always believed the movies where Cleopatra has been portrayed as a beauty with rugged handsome types like Richard Burton playing alongside Elizabeth Taylor.

Truth: Wrong, apparently they were both ugly…

Coin shows Cleopatra’s ugly truth


The images of Antony and Cleopatra are less than flattering

Antony and Cleopatra, one of history’s most romantic couples, were not the great beauties that Hollywood would have us believe, academics have said.

A study of a 2,000-year-old silver coin found the Egyptian queen, famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, had a pointed chin, thin lips and sharp nose.

Her Roman lover, played by Richard Burton, had bulging eyes, thick neck and a hook nose.

The tiny coin was studied by experts at Newcastle University.

The size of a modern 5p piece (18mm or 0.7in), the artefact from 32BC was in a collection belonging to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, which is being researched in preparation for the opening of a new Great North Museum.

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