Radio Nederland: Arab Scholarship Sheds New Light on Cleopatra

New research has shown that medieval Arab scholars respected the philosophical and scientific accomplishments of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

In a recently-published article, Okasha El Daly, an Egyptologist with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London, wrote that medieval Islamic scholars saw Cleopatra as "a scientist, a medical doctor, a woman who had invented a theory of mathematics and, above all, a well-known philosopher."