CLEOPATRA REASSESSED

Overview

This volume presents the work of a lively international symposium accompanying the special exhibition Cleopatra of Egypt: from History to Myth, held at the British Museum in 2001. The book is divided in four sections: Cleopatra and Egypt; Cleopatra and the Hellenistic Greek Tradition: Cleopatra and Rome; Cleopatra Abroad. Nineteen contributors explore such issues as the presentation of Cleopatra in written and visual sources; her known deeds as queen of Egypt; perceptions of Cleopatra in antiquity and the Islamic...
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Overview

This volume presents the work of a lively international symposium accompanying the special exhibition Cleopatra of Egypt: from History to Myth, held at the British Museum in 2001. The book is divided in four sections: Cleopatra and Egypt; Cleopatra and the Hellenistic Greek Tradition: Cleopatra and Rome; Cleopatra Abroad. Nineteen contributors explore such issues as the presentation of Cleopatra in written and visual sources; her known deeds as queen of Egypt; perceptions of Cleopatra in antiquity and the Islamic world, and the unexpectedly far-reaching influence of the last queen of Egypt as an icon of female power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861591039
  • Publisher: British Museum Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: British Museum Research Publication, #103
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Walker is Deputy Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum. Sally-Ann Ashton is Assistant Keeper of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Cleopatra by name 3
Cleopatra in the temples of upper Egypt : the evidence of Dendera and Armant 9
Images of Cleopatra VII reconsidered 13
Cleopatra : goddess, ruler of regent 25
Cleopatra VII : the queen in Egypt 31
A royal ordinance of Cleopatra and related documents 35
Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra 45
The virtuous scholar : queen Cleopatra in medieval Moslem/Arab writings 51
Resembling Cleopatra : Cleopatra VII's portraits in the context of late hellenistic female portraiture 57
Cleopatra VII at the Louvre 71
Portraits of Cleopatra - do they exit? an evaluation of the marble heads shown at the British Museum in the exhibition Cleopatra of Egypt : from history to myth 75
From empire's to empire 81
Imperial style and the coins of Cleopatra and Mark Antony 87
Queen, harlot or lecherous goddess? an Egyptological approach to a Roman image of propaganda 95
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