Egyptian Juliet

 

Egyptian Juliet 


Egyptian Juliet


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

Who was the Egyptian  Juliet  (Isadora)?


  • Isadora was an Egyptian Juliet, or to be precise, the lover who preceded Juliet by more than a thousand years.
  • Her name means "The gift of Isis".
  • The nickname (the martyr of love) was given to her by the famous writer owner of Nobel Prize (Taha Hussein).

  • Isadora was an 18 years old Egyptian girl.
  • She was a wonderful beauty who lived in Egypt in the second century BC, during the era of Emperor Hadrian (117 AD-138 AD), who was known to encourage art, especially engineering and architecture.


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 stories.
  • She fell in love with one of the guards assigned to protect her father, he was called "Hapi", and this guard was mesmerized by her.
  • He was from the common people, and he was not from an aristocratic family.
  • Her father’s palace was surrounded by a lake, and for 3 years of pure and sincere love they met each night at the lake.
  • After this three years of sincere love, her father knew about her, 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.

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Tomb of Isadora 


  • Her father set up a unique tomb for his lovely daughter, with Greek inscriptions in it, mourning her young death.
  • Isidora tomb is the most important tomb in Tuna al-Jabal archeology site.

  • As for Isadora lover, he was loyal to her until his death, he didn't married after her death.
  • 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 consisting of two rooms, raised from the ground level.

  • The rooms are devoid of inscriptions, except for the Greek poem, which was written by Isadora's father to mourning her.

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  • In the inner room, there is a funerary bed, topped by a model in the form of a shell, carried on two pillars painted to resemble marble.

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The mummy of Isadora 


  • The funeral bed is the place for the mummy, before it is placed in a glass case inside the tomb, to preserve her mummy.

  • This was quite uncommon thing, as most mummies in Egypt have been removed from their original location.

  • The mummy was in excellent condition, this was probably because of the dry desert air, more than the quality of the embalming.

Who discovered this unique tomb


  • 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.

  • Isadora tomb become a global destination for millions of foreign visitors, most of them are Germans.

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  • The famous actress Faten Hamama visited this archaeological site in 1959, while filming a movie.

References 


  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minya,_Egypt
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuna_el-Gebel
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faten_Hamama
  • https://www.britannica.com/biography/Taha-Husayn



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