Summer's winding down as we enter September—or, as they would have called it in ancient Egypt, Akhet, the height of the rainy season that flooded the Nile once a year and made their entire civilization possible. Ken Jennings has a new book out this month on the land of the pharaohs, so all month he'll be sharing his sphinx-like wisdom with us by debunking millennia of misinformation about the ancient Egyptians. Maybe you've been in "de Nile" for a long time, but finally, here are the Ra facts.
The Debunker: Was Cleopatra Egyptian?
Cleopatra is the quintessential Egyptian queen, of course, with all the trappings: the barge, the snakes, the kohl-eyed beauty, the lovestruck suitors. She was the last pharaoh of Egypt, and two of the most powerful men in the world, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, fell for her hard.