Author: Duane W. Roller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199829969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

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Few personalities from classical antiquity are more familiar yet more poorly grasped than Cleopatra (69-30 BC), queen of Egypt. In this work, Duane Roller has written the definitive biography of the queen, not as a figure in popular culture or even in the arts and literature of the last 500 years, but as the last Greek queen of Egypt.

Cleopatra and Rome

Author: Diana E. E. Kleiner

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674265157

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 8610

With the full panorama of her life forever lost, Cleopatra touches us in a series of sensational images: floating through a perfumed mist down the Nile; dressed as Venus for a tryst at Tarsus; unfurled from a roll of linens before Caesar; couchant, the deadly asp clasped to her breast. Through such images, each immortalizing the Egyptian queen's encounters with legendary Romans--Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian Augustus--we might also chart her rendezvous with the destiny of Rome. So Diana Kleiner shows us in this provocative book, which opens an entirely new perspective on one of the most intriguing women who ever lived. Cleopatra and Rome reveals how these iconic episodes, absorbed into a larger historical and political narrative, document a momentous cultural shift from the Hellenistic world to the Roman Empire. In this story, Cleopatra's death was not an end but a beginning--a starting point for a wide variety of appropriations by Augustus and his contemporaries that established a paradigm for cultural conversion. In this beautifully illustrated book, we experience the synthesis of Cleopatra's and Rome's defining moments through surviving works of art and other remnants of what was once an opulent material culture: religious and official architecture, cult statuary, honorary portraiture, villa paintings, tombstones, and coinage, but also the theatrical display of clothing, perfume, and hair styled to perfection for such ephemeral occasions as triumphal processions or barge cruises. It is this visual culture that best chronicles Cleopatra's legend and suggests her subtle but indelible mark on the art of imperial Rome at the critical moment of its inception.


Author: Stacy Schiff

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316121800

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 3900

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and -- after his murder -- three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.


Author: Joyce Tyldesley

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847650449

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 483

View: 3515

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.


Author: Prudence J. Jones

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806137414

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 345

View: 7880

This fascinating sourcebook documents what we know of Cleopatra and also shows how she has evolved through the lens of interpretation.


Author: Stacy Schiff

Publisher: Grup Editorial Litera

ISBN: 606336269X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 7704

Biografa câștigătoare a Premiului Pulitzer aduce la viață una dintre cele mai fascinante femei din istoria lumii: Cleopatra, ultima regină a Egiptului. Palatul ei strălucea fiind împodobit cu onix, granate și aur, dar mustea de intrigi politice și sexuale. Peste toate acestea, Cleopatra era un strateg viclean și un negociator priceput. Deși a trăit mai puțin de 40 de ani, a retrasat contururile lumii antice. A fost căsătorită de două ori, de fiecare dată cu un frate. A purtat un violent război civil cu primul, cât ambii erau încă adolescenți. Pe cel de al doilea l-a otrăvit. În cele din urmă, a scăpat și de o soră ambițioasă; incestul și asasinatele erau specialitatea familiei. Din câte se pare, Cleo - patra a avut relații intime cu doar doi bărbați. Cu toate acestea, aceștia au fost Iulius Caesar și Marcus Antonius, doi dintre cei mai cunoscuți romani ai vremurilor lor. Ambii erau căsătoriți cu alte femei. Cleopatra a avut un copil cu Caesar și, după asasinarea acestuia, alți trei cu prote - jatul lui. Era deja cel mai puternic conducător din zona mediteraneană, iar relația cu Antonius i-a confirmat statutul de cea mai influentă fe - meie a epocii. Cei doi vor încerca să fondeze un imperiu, într-o alianță care le va aduce sfârșitul. Faimoasă înainte de a deveni notorie, Cleopatra a intrat în istorie din motive greșite. Shakespeare și Shaw i-au pus cu - vinte în gură, Michelangelo, Tiepolo și Elizabeth Taylor i-au pus un chip. Pe traseu, personalitatea și drama circumstanțelor Cleopatrei s-au pierdut. Întorcân - du-se la sursele clasice, Stacy Schiff separă cu îndrăzneală faptele de ficțiune pentru a o sal - va pe regina fascinantă a cărei moarte a adus cu ea o nouă ordine mondială. Bo - gată în detalii, epică în scop, Schiff real - izează o reconstituire profund originală a unei vieți fascinante.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra

Author: Margaret George

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429924832

Category: Fiction

Page: 1024

View: 5098

Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this lush, sweeping, and richly detailed saga. Told in Cleopatra's own voice, The Memoirs of Cleopatra is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayal in the ancient Egyptian world, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar, and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome. Most of all, in its richness and authenticity, it is an irresistible story that reveals why Margaret George's work has been widely acclaimed as "the best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." (San Francisco Chronicle).

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501128841

Category: Drama

Page: 400

View: 5457

Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes a major event in world history: the founding of the Roman Empire. The future first emperor, Octavius Caesar (later called Augustus Caesar), cold-bloodedly manipulates other characters and exercises iron control over himself. At first, he shares power with Mark Antony, Rome’s preeminent military leader, and the weaker Lepidus. Caesar needs Antony to fend off other Roman strongmen like Pompey; he even offers his sister Octavia to him as a bride, despite Antony’s reputation as a libertine and his past rivalry with Caesar. Once Caesar defeats Pompey, however, he needs no allies. He brings charges against Lepidus, denies Antony his spoils from Pompey’s defeat, and seizes cities in the eastern Roman colonies that Antony rules. The play’s emphasis, however, is on those whom Caesar defeats: Antony and his wealthy Egyptian ally, Queen Cleopatra. The play does not sugarcoat Antony and Cleopatra’s famous love affair, including her calculated attempts to seduce Antony from his duties and his rage when he thinks she has betrayed him to Caesar. Nonetheless, the lovers find such sensual and emotional satisfaction that Caesar’s world conquest seems smaller than what they find in each other. The authoritative edition of Antony and Cleopatra from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference -Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Cynthia Marshall The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A


Category: Egypt

Page: 262

View: 5171