Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend

Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend

by Joann Fletcher


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“Joann Fletcher has the good grace and specialist knowledge to do away with Roman romances. This book’s bedrock is Egyptology. . . . Cleopatra was, indeed, not just a ‘baleful beauty;’ she was great.” —History Today 

Cleopatra the Great tells the story of a turbulent time and the extraordinary woman at its center. Intelligent and compulsively readable, this is an unparalleled biography worthy of one of history's most fascinating leaders: politician, mother, and goddess, the legendary Cleopatra.

The subject of myth for more than two millennia, Cleopatra has long been obscured by Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood glamour. Yet Cleopatra was a woman of passion, magnetism, and political genius, the last and perhaps the greatest Egyptian pharaoh. In Cleopatra the Great, world-renowned Egyptologist Joann Fletcher draws on a wealth of newly discovered information and research to reveal this vital woman as she truly was—a polymath monarch; a potent combination of traditionalist and innovator; an astute futurist; and a ruthless opportunist who would let nothing stand in her way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060585594
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joann Fletcher is an honorary research and teaching fellow at the University of York, where she teaches Egyptian funerary archaeology and mummification. The author of numerous articles and books, she also lectures widely. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part One

1 The Spirit of Alexander: Europe and Egypt 11

2 In the Blood: the Ptolemies and Their Cleopatras 37

Part Two

3 The Goddess Comes Forth: Cleopatra's Early Life 73

4 A Veiled Proposal: Cleopatra Meets Caesar 101

Part Three

5 The River of Life: the Progress down the Nile 125

6 Great Mother Isis: the Birth of Caesarion 153

Part Four

7 Caesar's Palace: Cleopatra in Europe 179

8 Death and Resurrection: Osiris Avenged 207

Part Five

9 The Inimitable Life: Antonius and Conspicuous Consumption 235

10 Goddess of the Golden Age: the Restoration of Empire 263

Part Six

11 The Final Year: Defeat, Death and Eternal Life 295

12 Epilogue: the Aftermath 320

Notes 343

Bibliography 417

Acknowledgements 443

Note on Spellings 444

Picture Acknowledgements 444

Index 445

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