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Cleopatra and Egypt

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240 pages
This beautifully illustrated new biography of Cleopatra draws on literary, archaeological, and art historical evidence to paint an intimate and compelling portrait of the most famous Queen of Egypt.

  • Deconstructs the image of Cleopatra to uncover the complex historical figure behind the myth

  • Examines Greek, Roman, and Egyptian representations of Cleopatra

  • Considers how she was viewed by her contemporaries and how she presented herself

  • Incorporates the author’s recent field work at a temple of Cleopatra in Alexandria

  • Beautifully illustrated with over 40 images
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List of Illustrations Author’s Foreword Acknowledgments
CONTENTS
1 Cleopatra – Black and Beautiful? 2 Sources 3 King’s Daughter, King’s Sister, Great Royal Wife 4 Ruler, Regent, and Pharaoh 5 Cleopatra’s Capital and Court 6 Cleopatra as a Goddess 7 Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and the East 8 Death of a Queen, Rebirth of a Goddess 9 The Legacy of Cleopatra
Bibliography Index
viii xi xiii
1 14 25 61 115 126 147 169 190
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CoinshowingportraitofCleopatraVIIontheobverse and Mark Antony on the reverse, minted in Antioch in 36bceThe Ptah temple, Karnak ThetemplepronaosKom Ombo, reign of at Ptolemy XII PtolemyXIIwearingabluecrownfromthecrypts at Armant The Buchis bull from the crypts at Armant PtolemyXIIwearingthecrownofUpperEgypt from the crypts at Armant Claysealimpressionshowingarepresentationof Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra V or VII ThetempleofHorus,Edfu.Thepylonshowsan image of Ptolemy XII smiting his enemies TheGebshrine,Koptos.Cleopatrastandsalone offering to the gods
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The Ptolemies from Ptolemy V and Cleopatra I PtolemaicfamilyfromPtolemyVtotheendoftheir history DrawingofthebirthsceneintheMammisiatArmant (after Lepsius)
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FIGURES
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ILLUSTRATIONS
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PLATES
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3.93.103.113.123.134.14.24.34.44.54.64.74.84.94.104.114.124.13
illustrations
TheGebshrine,Koptos.Ontheoutsideoftheshrine is a representation of Augustus Limestonecrownfromastatue.Thecrownhasa triple uraeus and is inscribed with the titles of the queen The gateway of Khonsu, Karnak Marble statue of Cleopatra VII Marble statue of Cleopatra VII ChapeloftheGodsWivesofAmun,MedinatHabu ChapeloftheGodsWivesofAmun,MedinatHabu, detail Limestone statue of Arsinoe II Steatite statue representing Cleopatra VII Basalt statue of Cleopatra III Basalt statue of Cleopatra VII CopperAlloycoinshowingCleopatraVIIandPtolemy Caesar as a child Basalt statue of Cleopatra VII ArchitravefromthetempleatArmantwiththecartouche of Cleopatra (now stored upside down) ReliefdecorationshowingCleopatraIII,Deir el Medina ThesouthwalloftheTempleofHathoratDenderah PtolemyXVCaesarandCleopatraVIImakingan offering, Temple of Hathor at Denderah. Cleopatra wears the generic form of crown PtolemyXVCaesarandCleopatramakinganoffering, Temple of Hathor at Denderah. Cleopatra wears the crown of Arsinoe II 4.14a Chapel of Hathor at Denderah 4.14b Cartouche reading “Cleopatra” from the Hathor Chapel Denderah StatueofHoruswiththeyoungPtolemyXVCaesar as a priest. Temple of Horus at Edfu Basalt statue of Ptolemy Caesar
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49 52 59 60
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65 67 70 78 84
85 86
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109 110
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4.185.1
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6.26.36.46.56.66.7
illustrations
GranitestatueofPtolemyCaesar,GrecoRomanMuseum, Alexandria, inv. 11275 Granite statue of Cleopatra VII as Isis MarblestatueofCleopatraVIIasIsis,foundatthe sanctuary of Isis in Rome Reliefshowingthedynasticcults,templeofHorus at Edfu Relief showing Arsinoe II, temple of Isis Philae Relief from the Khonsu gateway, Karnak Marble statue of Cleopatra VII Limestone statue of Cleopatra VII Basalt statue of Cleopatra VII GoldringengravedwitharepresentationofCleopatra VII
112 113
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127 128 129 134 135 137
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