Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

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Profile Books, May 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
She was the last ruler of the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemies who had ruled Egypt for three centuries. Highly educated (she was the only one of the Ptolemies to read and speak ancient Egyptian as well as the court Greek) and very clever (her famous liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony were as much to do with politics as the heart), she steered her kingdom through impossibly taxing internal problems and railed against greedy Roman imperialism. Stripping away preconceptions as old as her Roman enemies, Joyce Tyldesley uses all her skills as an Egyptologist to give us this magnificent biography.
 

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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

This is a well researched and balanced biography of Cleopatra. The author has many written many works on ancient Egypt and clearly is an authority. The book's background of Ptolemaic Egypt gives the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elysianfield - LibraryThing

I kinda liked it and she has done good resource. But she got little too far from the main point too often. I wish it would have been more of just Cleopatra. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE Princess of Egypt
10
CHAPTER TWO Queen of Egypt
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 of a 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
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Joyce Tyldesley's books include acclaimed biographies of Rameses the Great, and the Queens Hatchepsut and Nefertiti, and of Egypt: How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered, which accompanied a major BBC television series. They have been published all over the world. She lives in Bolton, Lancashire.

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