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Cleopatra of Egypt : from history to myth

Author: Susan Walker; Peter Higgs
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2001] ©2001
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fabled for her sexual allure and cunning intelligence, Cleopatra VII of Egypt has fascinated generations of admirers and detractors since her tumultuous life ended in suicide on Octavian's capture of Egypt in 30 BC. The last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who had ruled Egypt as Hellenistic Greek kings and Egyptian pharaohs for 300 years, Cleopatra created her own mythology, becoming an icon in her own lifetime and even  Read more...
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Genre/Form: London (2001)
Exhibitions
Expositions
Biography Exhibitions
Named Person: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Cléopâtre, reine d'Égypte; Königin VII ) Kleopatra (Ägypten; Kleopatra, Ägypten Königin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Walker; Peter Higgs
ISBN: 0691088357 9780691088358
OCLC Number: 48713747
Notes: Issued in connection with exhibitions held in 2000-2002 at the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome, the British Museum, London, and the Field Museum, Chicago.
Description: 384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Sins of the fathers : the inheritance of Cleopatra, last queen of Egypt / Andrew Meadows --
Alexandria / John Ray --
Cleopatra's subtle religious strategy / Guy Weill Goudchaux --
Cleopatra's images : reflections of reality / Susan Walker --
Identifying the Egyptian-style Ptolemaic queens / Sally-Ann Ashton --
'Spoiling the Egyptians' : Octavian and Cleopatra / J.H.C. Williams --
Searching for Cleopatra's image : classical portraits in stone / Peter Higgs --
Was Cleopatra beautiful? The conflicting answers of numismatics / Guy Weill Goudchaux --
Egyptian influences in Italy / Carla Alfano --
Anything truth can do, we can do better : the Cleopatra legend / Christopher Pelling --
The myth of Cleopatra since the Renaissance / Mary Hamer.
Responsibility: edited by Susan Walker and Peter Higgs.
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"Fabled for her sexual allure and cunning intelligence, Cleopatra VII of Egypt has fascinated generations of admirers and detractors since her tumultuous life ended in suicide on Octavian's capture of Egypt in 30 BC. The last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who had ruled Egypt as Hellenistic Greek kings and Egyptian pharaohs for 300 years, Cleopatra created her own mythology, becoming an icon in her own lifetime and even more so after her death. This book explores the ways in which she was depicted in antiquity, within the context of the iconography of contemporary coinage, statues and other images of Egyptian, Greek and Roman rulers, and then examines the image of Cleopatra from the Renaissance to modern times, as seen in plays, opera, painting, ceramics and even jewellery. New research has revealed ten Egyptian-style images of Cleopatra, seven of which are shown here"--

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