Alexandria: The Last Night of Cleopatra

Alexandria: The Last Night of Cleopatra

by Peter Stothard

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Blending aspects of memoir, history, and travel narrative into an elegant and unique tapestry, Stothard uses the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the experiences that shaped his life. Melancholy yet often humorous, Alexandria probingly deconstructs the enigma of modern Egypt—with its uneasy mix of classical touchstones and increasingly volatile Middle Eastern politics—and offers a first†“hand glimpse into the fracturing state just before the Tahrir Square uprising and the start of the Arab Spring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468310399
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Stothard is the editor of the Times Literary Supplement and author of Alexandria and The Spartacus Road. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of The Times. In 2012 he was chairman of the judges for the Man Booker Prize.

Table of Contents

Map xii

31.12.10 1

Arrival in Alexandria

A yellow room at Le Metropole

Maurice and the Red Tents

How Cleopatra made it bappen

1.1.11 9

Cleopatra the First

Mabmoud and Socratis

New Year bombing

The Dead Fountain cafe

Essex day

I look myself up

2.1.11 35

Sligbtly poisoned

Muslims and Copts

Monty's bar

Jesus, the missing years

3.1.11 47

Cleopatra Second

The rough-book

E.M. Forster and the Ptolemies

Boxes of tragedies

Death by needles and beaks

4.1.11 65

Partial eclipse

Sir Anthony Browne's foundation

Mr G and Mr W

She Who Must be Obeyed

Blood from his nose

An arms salesman

5.1.11 87

V, the schoolgirl

Teenage years

Sodomy in Greek

Burning books

A boy called Frog

Paul Simon and Jimi Hendricks (sic)

6.1.11 107

Cleopatra Third

Miss Taylor

Signs of a beard

Pompey's Pillar

A bomber and a carpet

7.1.11 127

Cleopatra the Fourth

In Oxford

A kiss from V

Fulius Caesar's little war

A cruise down the Nile

8.1.11 143

Maurice gets Marowitzed

Lighthouse island

Mahmoud and the bomb

Iden of March

9.1.11 163

A lesson from Holladay


Watch the office men

What classicists do

A night at the Frogs

10.1.11 177

Cleopatra the Fifth

An actress at St Mark's

Sex with Crissie

Maurice's Nubian night

Socratis on Caesar

Aulus Hirtius, V and me

11.1.11 195

The Metropole red-and-green Ball

Tied down in the tents

Frog and the Mermaids 195

12.1.11 209

Secret seventies

The Latin for hangover

Alexandrian rules

Soutbern Bug

Somewhere on Love's Island

Alphabets in the sky

13.1.11 225

The middle of the story

Mark Antony waits at Tarsus

Perfumed sails

Successors to Caesar

A queen cannot choose her pimp

14.1.11 233

Cleopatra Sixth

Grey days at Big Oil

Bureaucracy student

A different Antony Brown

15.1.11 255

Cleopatra the Seventh

Space barons

V in the Red Tents

Calthorpe Arms

The Thatcher who must be obeyed

F for Farouk

Duke's rout

16.1.11 289

The purpose of parties

Mark Antony's wars

Generous happenings for a general

The new Caesars

17.1.11 297

Queens by night and day

Dreams of dogs

Romans and Alexandrians in the newsroom

Leading articles

The Scargill gaffe

18.1.11 315

Last nights of an editor

Farewell to Calthorpe and other Arms

Lost notes

What happened at Actium

19.1.11 329

Mahmoud and the troops

Death of Antony

Socratis's mother sings

Coincident cancers

20.1.11 347

Maurice and Cleopatra reunited

How to die without pain

E.M. Forster on the North Sea

21.1.11 357

V comes to Cheltenham

How to read a Latin poem

The afterlife of Romans

Drink and move on

22.1.11 371

Last night, last words

Farewell to Le Metropole

Noises from the border

The right aboice of driver

Epilogue: Elizabeth Taylor and the Arab Spring 379

Acknowledgements 383

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“A thoroughly enjoyable combination of history, autobiography, travel and general musings about Alexandria . . . Don’t try to categorize this book; just read it and let it flow over you.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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