Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth

Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth

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by Michel Chauveau
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801489539

ISBN-13: 9780801489532

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Cleopatra: kohl and vipers, barges and thrones, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We have long been schooled in the myth of the Egyptian ruler. In his new book Michel Chauveau brings us a picture of her firmly based in reality. Cleopatra VII reigned in Egypt between 51 and 30 B.C.E. Her primary goal as a ruler was to restore over the eastern Mediterranean

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Cleopatra: kohl and vipers, barges and thrones, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We have long been schooled in the myth of the Egyptian ruler. In his new book Michel Chauveau brings us a picture of her firmly based in reality. Cleopatra VII reigned in Egypt between 51 and 30 B.C.E. Her primary goal as a ruler was to restore over the eastern Mediterranean the supremacy of the Lagides, the dynasty of Macedonian origin of which she herself was a descendant. We know the queen best from Greek and Latin sources, though these must be used with caution because of their bias. Understandably enough, they reflect not only matters of interest to Romans, but also the propaganda that Octavian used against the queen during his struggles with Mark Antony. Chauveau combines his knowledge of Egyptian sources with judicious use of classical materials to produce an authoritative biography of Cleopatra, the woman and queen, seen in the light of the turbulent era in which she lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489532
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Notevii
Introduction: A Personage and Her Myth1
"A Queen Issued from So Many Kings"4
The Heritage4
Alexandria, Rival of Rome6
The Early Years8
The New Dionysos10
A Perilous Succession14
The Fratricidal Conflict18
Caesar in Egypt20
The Alexandrian War25
The New Aphrodite29
Cleopatra in Rome29
Return to the Land of the Nile32
Cleopatra and Caesar's Murderers36
Mark Antony38
The Encounter at Tarsos41
The Pleasures of the "Inimitable Life"44
Cleopatra in the Shadows47
The Resurrection of the Lagide Empire50
The Campaign in the East53
Antony's Revenge55
"Queen of Kings Whose Sons Are Kings"58
Cleopatra, Enemy of Rome62
Toward the Rupture with Octavian62
The War67
The Debacle70
The End72
The Epilogue75
Conclusion: The Memory of Cleopatra77
Chronology of the Ptolemies81
Ancient Texts83
Notes93
Bibliography99
Index101

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Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
melrose126 More than 1 year ago
I purchases this book several years ago now, but I still pick it up when I am doing my research on the Egyptian queen. It is a fairly straightforward tome, with the author providing passages from ancient writers such as Plutarch amd Flavius Josephus. Maybe my only criticism is that it is so scholarly that it is bland. But, then again, when doing research, you want only the facts.