Cleopatra: A Sourcebook / Edition 1

Cleopatra: A Sourcebook / Edition 1

by Prudence J. Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080613741X

ISBN-13: 9780806137414

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Who was Cleopatra? Who is Cleopatra? Viewed as both goddess and monster even in her own lifetime, she has become through the ages saint and sinner, heroine and victim, femme fatale and star-crossed lover, black and white. A protean figure, Cleopatra defies categorization.

Cleopatra’s life story, gleaned from contemporary sources, is powerfully

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Who was Cleopatra? Who is Cleopatra? Viewed as both goddess and monster even in her own lifetime, she has become through the ages saint and sinner, heroine and victim, femme fatale and star-crossed lover, black and white. A protean figure, Cleopatra defies categorization.

Cleopatra’s life story, gleaned from contemporary sources, is powerfully intriguing: Married four times, she seduced two of the most powerful men in Rome (Julius Caesar and Marc Antony), became the sole ruler of Egypt, gained legendary status for her lavish banquets, and chose to die rather than endure disgrace as the prisoner of Octavian, Caesar’s heir.

This fascinating sourcebook documents what we know of the historical figure and also shows how she has evolved through the lens of interpretation. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, the volume consists of a series of readings about Cleopatra—historical, literary, and documentary—extending from ancient times to the twentieth century, from the European Romantics to the Afro centrists, and from Middle English to modern Arabic.

In her introductions to the readings, Prudence J. Jones provides helpful information about the sources, placing them in historical and cultural context. She includes passages both familiar and unfamiliar, some not easily found in translation. Suitable for classroom use, Cleopatra: A Sourcebook reveals a multitude of Cleopatras, raising as many questions as it answers about one of history’s most captivating figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806137414
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Introductionxiii
Part 1Ancient Sources
1The Ptolemies3
2Cleopatra's Early Career31
3Caesar46
4Antony94
5Octavian129
6Actium147
7The Death of Cleopatra180
Part 2Reception
8Good Woman or Bad?207
9The World Well Lost?223
10Women's Voices247
11Egyptomania255
12Fatal Cleopatra260
13Cleopatra in Arabic270
14Afrocentric Cleopatra279
15Modern Cleopatras287
Maps
1Alexandria309
2The Mediterranean World in the Time of Cleopatra310
Genealogical Tables
1Abbreviated Genealogy of Julius Caesar, Octavian, and Antony313
2Abbreviated Genealogy of the Ptolemies314
Chronological Table: The Death of Alexander the Great to the Death of Cleopatra317
Glossary319
Selective Cleopatra Filmography325
Bibliography329
Index333

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