Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DNA Testing on Arsinoe IV (?) Fails

Once again, the alleged body of Arsinoe IV (the sister or half-sister of Cleopatra) is in the news. Hilke Thur, an archaeologist at the Acadamy of Sciences in Austria had a DNA analysis done on a body believed to be that of Arsinoe IV, but the body has been touched too many times for an uncontaminated DNA sample to be obtained.

Arsinoe's murder was ordered by Cleopatra after Arsinoe opposed Julius Caesar's conquest of Egypt.

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