Daily Archives: February 22, 2007

What Is Beauty?

Cleopatra in Art
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety”

Shakespeare wrote these words in 1606, describing legendary beauty Cleopatra VII of Egypt.

An ancient coin suggests that Cleopatra may not have been as lovely as history remembers her.
Cleopatra and Mark Anthony coin
But does it matter?

She was obviously bewitching enough to tempt the likes of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony (who incidentally doesn’t look so hot on this coin either).

Here is a modern-day beauty, Vivien Leigh, in Caesar and Cleopatra.
Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra

How do you define beauty?