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Reign of Cleopatra (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World Series)
     

Reign of Cleopatra (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World Series)

by Stanley Burstein, Bella Vivante (Editor)
 

Ambitious, intelligent, and desired by men and emperors, Cleopatra VII came to power at a time when Roman and Egyptian interests increasingly tended to concern the same object: the Egyptian Empire itself. Cleopatra lived her whole life at the center of this complex and persistent power struggle, and her death simultaneously heralded the end of the Ptolemaic

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Ambitious, intelligent, and desired by men and emperors, Cleopatra VII came to power at a time when Roman and Egyptian interests increasingly tended to concern the same object: the Egyptian Empire itself. Cleopatra lived her whole life at the center of this complex and persistent power struggle, and her death simultaneously heralded the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty, the loss of Egyptian political independence, and the beginning of Caesar Augustus's Roman rule in Egypt. Cleopatra's legacy has since lost much of its former political significance, as she has come to symbolize instead the potent force of female sexuality and power. In this engaging and multifaceted account, however, Stanley M. Burstein displays Cleopatra in the full manifold brilliance of the several cultures, countries, and people that surrounded her throughout her compelling life, and in so doing develops a stunning picture of a legendary Queen, and a deeply historic reign.

Designed as an accessible introduction to Cleopatra VII and her time, this book offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. An overview of the Ptolemaic Dynasty is presented in the introduction, and is followed by chapters on Cleopatra's life, the reality of Ptolemaic Egypt, Cleopatra's multicultural Egyptian society, and Alexandria's culture and conflicts. The narrative chapters conclude with a section discussing Cleopatra's significance as a person, a queen, and a symbol. An annotated bibliography and index are also included in this work.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Although each of these titles provides a lively, interesting overview of its respective subject, their real value lies in their primary-source material. The writing in each title is clear, sometimes sophisticated, and, in the case of the Roman Empire, the author references many of the archival documents as evidence of his position. Each volume has an extensive chronology, a historical discussion of the subject, related maps and art, and biographical sketches of significant figures. Much of the information is available in encyclopedias and in titles such as Don Nardo's The Fall of the Roman Empire (1998) and Cleopatra (2000, both Gale). Both Greenwood volumes examine their topics through culture, religion, population changes, and history. Solid additions to Advanced Placement, High Honors, or undergraduate populations.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313325274
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2004
Series:
Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

STANLEY M. BURSTEIN is Professor and Chair of the History Department of California State University, Los Angeles, and has published a number of volumes on Greece, Egypt, and the Ancient World.

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