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Egyptian Juliet

Unique article on Egyptian Juliet, or the Martyr of love who was called (Isadora).

Egyptian Juliet

Who was the Egyptian  Juliet  (Isadora)?

  • Isadora which was the Egyptian Juliet, or to be precise, the lover who preceded Juliet  more than a thousand years, her name means "The gift of Isis", she was an 18 year old Egyptian girl, and was a wonderful beauty, who lived in Egypt during the second century BC, during the era of Emperor Hadrian (117 AD-138 AD), who was known to encourage art, especially engineering and architecture, the nickname (the martyr of love) was given to her by the famous writer owner of Nobel Prize (Taha Hussein).

Isadora's love story

  • Isadora's love story confirms, that true love does not die, even if it ends with a tragic ending like most of love stories, the story said that Isadora father was the ruler of the province now known as Minya Governorate, she fell in love with one of the guards assigned, to protect her father, he was called "Hapi", and these guard was mesmerized by her, he was from the common people, and he was not from an aristocratic family, they were meet each night near the lake, which surrounded her father palace, after 3 years of sincere love, her father knew about them, and decided to prevent this love from continuing, he prevented her lover from approaching the palace, and guards were assigned to observation Isadora, one day she managed, to turn away from the guards, and crossed the lake to meet her lover, while she was returning to the palace, she decided to throw herself into the lake, so she drowned, as she could not live without her lover.

Egyptian Juliet

Isidora tomb 

  • Isidora tomb is the most important tomb in Tuna al-Jabal archeology site, her father set up a unique tomb for his love daughter, with Greek inscriptions in it, which mourning her young death, while Isadora lover was loyal to her until his death, he didn't marry after her death, and he kept going every night to her tomb, to light a candle inside the tomb, so that her soul would not remain alone.

  • The tomb of "Isadora" was discovered by the Egyptian archaeologist "Sami Gabra" in 1931, the head of the excavation mission at Cairo University at the time, it consist of two rooms, raised from the ground level, they are devoid of inscriptions, except for the Greek poem, which was written by Isadora's father to mourning her, in the inner room, there is a funerary bed, topped by a niche in the form of a shell, carried on two pillars painted to resemble marble.
  • Isadora tomb was a global destination for millions of foreign visitors, most of them are Germans, in addition the famous actress Faten Hamama visited this archaeological site in 1959, while filming her movie.

Egyptian Juliet

Egyptian Juliet

Mummy of Isadora 

  • Mummy of Isadora was placed in a glass case inside the tomb, to preserve it, that was in an excellent condition, this was probably because of the dry desert air, more than the quality of the embalming.

Egyptian Juliet


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