Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Aug 5, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The Romans regarded her as "fatale monstrum"-a fatal omen. Pascal said the shape of her nose changed the history of the World English. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. But who was Cleopatra, really? Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemies. Highly intelligent, she spoke many languages and was rumored to be the only Ptolemy to read and speak Egyptian. Her famous liaisons with JuliNorth Americaesar and Mark Antony had as much to do with politics as the heart. Ruthless in dealing with her enemies, many within her own family, Cleopatra steered her kingdom through difficult times, and very nearly succeeded in creating an eastern empire to rival the growing might of Rome. Her story was well documented by her near contemporaries, and the tragic tale of contrasts and oppositions-the seductive but failing power of ancient Egypt versus the virile strength of modern Rome-is so familiar we almost feel that we know Cleopatra. But our picture is highly distorted. Cleopatra is often portrayed as a woman ruled by emotion rather than reason; a queen hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction. But these tales of seduction, intrigue, and suicide by asp have obfuscated Cleopatra's true political genius. Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.
  

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Review: Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

User Review  - Julie Olver - Goodreads

Just couldn't get into it, and that's saying a lot, as I'm pretty obsessed with anything Cleopatra-related. Read full review

Review: Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

User Review  - Shauna - Goodreads

Scholarly written. Debunks many Cleopatra myths. Very interesting read. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER ONE Princess ofEgypt
10
CHAPTER TWO Queen ofEgypt
41
CHAPTER THREE AlexandrianexttoEgypt
70
CHAPTER FOUR Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
94
CHAPTER FIVE The New Isis
109
CHAPTER SIX Cleopatra and Mark Antony
140
CHAPTER SEVEN Death ofa Dream
171
CHAPTER EIGHT Cleopatras Children
197
CHAPTER NINE History Becomes Legend
205
Who Was Who?
218
Chronology
239
Bibliography
260
List of Illustrations
266
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Joyce Tyldesley holds a first class honors degree in archaeology from Liverpool University, and a doctorate from Oxford University. She is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University, and a tutor at Manchester University. She lives in Bolton, England.

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