Nefertiti and Cleopatra: Queen-Monarchs of Ancient Egyptby Julia Samson, H. S. Smith (Introduction)
This is a new and vivid account of the lives to two eminent Queen Monarchs of Ancient Egypt: the beautiful Nefertiti (1367-1350 B.C.) and the highly talented Cleopatra (51-30 B.C). Politically adept, both of these women also distinguished themselves in their love for the greatest men of their day: Nefertiti for the sun-worshipping Pharaoh Akhenaten, and Cleopatra for Julius Caesar and mark Antony. Though far apart in time and culture, their lives showed important similaritiestheir personal elegance, their position of power, their remarkable and unusual aims, and their grief and ultimate tragedy.
Julia Samson graphically describes the splendor and sophistication of the Nile Valley landscape and culture. her skillful handling of evidence from excavations, as well as objects from the world's great museums, helps her to re-create for the reader life in Nefertiti's and Akhenaten's capital city at Amarna. Consulting abundant sources and drawing from the works of Classical writers, she is able to capture the equally dramatic story of Cleopatra.
Written for the general reader, Nefertiti and Cleopatra contains much original research that will be of interest to the student and specialist as well.
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