Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

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Haus Publishing, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 159 pages
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Cleopatra VII (69-30 BC) Egyptian queen (of Macedonian descent), last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. Daughter of Ptolemy XII, she ruled with her two brother-husbands, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, both of whom she had killed, and with her son Ptolemy XV or Caesarion (44-30). This biography concentrates on the fascinating aspect of Cleopatra's ever-shifting identity. A master of self-presentation, she was the first to craft for herself an image or, to be precise, a number of images. Depending on the audience, she might present herself as a goddess, a political leader, or an alluring and exotic woman. Roman statesmen likewise manipulated Cleopatra's image for their own political ends. The tension embodied in our sources for Cleopatra's life make her story especially captivating. The author's approach to the biography focuses on the ancient sources, but dies not ignore the fascinating afterlife Cleopatra's story has experienced. The accounts of her life, which were written by contemporaries and even acquaintances, will offer the reader a sense not only of Cleopatra, but also of the literature and historiography of the time. Ancient sources include both the historical - Plutarch, Suetonius, Cassius Dio, Julius Caesar, Appian, and Velleius Paterculus - and the literary - Horace, Vergil, Lucan, and Ovid. Documentary evidence from inscriptions also are important. In addition, texts like Cicero's Letters provide some real-time snapshots of Cleopatra. The biography is illustrated in full color and produced to the usual high standards of the Life&Times series.

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User Review  - Linguafranka - Goodreads

enjoyed this book. learned about Cleopatra's relationships/children with 2 successive roman emporers and how that impacted her rule in Egypt. written in an informal style i was reading this while in Egypt and Jordan, so the stories really came to life. Go Cleo! Read full review


The Young Cleopatra
Caesar and Cleopatra in Alexandria
Cleopatra in Rome
Antony and Cleopatra in Tarsus
Fulvia and Octavia
The War of Words
Inseparable in Death
The Fate of Egypt
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About the author (2006)

Prudence Jones is Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, having graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in Classical Philology in 1999. She has lectured widely on Cleopatra, including at the APA Annual Meeting in Dallas in 1999. She is the author of a Cleopatra: A Sourcebook as well as articles in journals, such as Classical World and Latomus.

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