Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

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Basic Books, Aug 5, 2008 - History - 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. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. But who was Cleopatra, really?

We almost feel that we know Cleopatra, but our distorted image of a self-destructive beauty does no justice to Cleopatra's true genius. In Cleopatra, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers an unexpectedly vivid portrait of a skillful Egyptian ruler. Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

 

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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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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

Introduction
1
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 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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