Cleopatras

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Although there are many books written about the most famous Cleopatra, this is the only study in English devoted to her less well-known but equally illustrious namesakes.
Cleopatras traces the turbulent lives and careers of these historically important women, examining in particular the earlier Macedonian and Ptolemaic Cleopatras, and the impact of their dynastic marriages on the history of the Hellenistic world. John Whitehorne also evaluates current views of Cleopatra VII's ...

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Overview

Although there are many books written about the most famous Cleopatra, this is the only study in English devoted to her less well-known but equally illustrious namesakes.
Cleopatras traces the turbulent lives and careers of these historically important women, examining in particular the earlier Macedonian and Ptolemaic Cleopatras, and the impact of their dynastic marriages on the history of the Hellenistic world. John Whitehorne also evaluates current views of Cleopatra VII's dramatic suicide, and considers the evolving political significance of royal women in the last three centuries BC.
Clearly and engagingly written, Cleopatras reveals the true significance to the ruling dynasties of the 34 known Cleopatras who were not Cleopatra the Great, and illuminates some fascinating but little-known aspects of ancient Greek and Egyptian history along the way.

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'Highly entertaining and extremely useful ... a valuable introduction to a difficult period of late Hellenistic history. Whitehorne has a good command of the evidence and writes with authority and a sense of humour.' - Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415261326
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 From Myth to Legend: The Earliest Cleopatras 1
2 Cleopatra, Perdiccas II, and Archelaus 14
3 Philip II's Last Wife 30
4 A Double Mystery 43
5 Alexander's Sister 57
6 From Aegae to Alexandria 70
7 The Seleucid Connection (1): Cleopatra I 80
8 Cleopatra II and Ptolemy VI 89
9 Cleopatra II and Ptolemy VIII 103
10 Cleopatra II, Cleopatra III, and Ptolemy VIII 121
11 Cleopatra III and Her Children 132
12 The Seleucid Connection (2): Cleopatra Thea and her Husbands 149
13 The Seleucid Connection (3): Cleopatra Selene and the Last of the Seleucids 164
14 The Twilight of the Ptolemies: Cleopatra Berenice III, Cleopatra V Tryphaena 174
15 Cleopatra VII's Suicide 186
16 The End of the Line: Cleopatra Selene of Mauretania 197
Appendix 1: Who's Who among the Ptolemies 203
Appendix 2: Genealogical Tables 211
Notes 215
Select bibliography 227
Index 233
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