Cleopatra

Cleopatra

by Sally-Ann Ashton, Susan Walker
     
 

Why are we still interested in Cleopatra? She has that eternally attractive combination of sexual allure, political power - even divine status - and personal wealth. She had by any standards an eventful life and an unforgettable death. She very nearly tipped the balance of power at a crucial moment in history: had she and Antony succeeded in maintaining their

Overview

Why are we still interested in Cleopatra? She has that eternally attractive combination of sexual allure, political power - even divine status - and personal wealth. She had by any standards an eventful life and an unforgettable death. She very nearly tipped the balance of power at a crucial moment in history: had she and Antony succeeded in maintaining their empire in the east, our cultural life might be very different today. In this concise, readable, well-illustrated book, Susan Walker and Sally-Ann Ashton look at the historical Cleopatra, at images of Cleopatra as a Greek queen and as ruler of Egypt, at contemporary perceptions of her and at how we see her today. We see how Roman propaganda depicted her as a threatening woman with non-Roman qualities of excessive behaviour and emotional manipulation, a view that has come down through Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and forms the basis of our understanding of her over two thousand years later.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853996733
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/25/2006
Series:
Ancients in Action Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Walker is Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, U.K.

Sally-Ann Ashton is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, U.K.

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