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Cleopatra

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853996733
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/25/2006
  • Series: Ancients in Action
  • 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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