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    DescriptionBerenice II (c. 264-221 BCE), daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, came to embody all the key religious, political, and artistic ideals of Ptolemaic Alexandria. Though she arrived there nearly friendless, with the taint of murder around her, she became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the Great. She was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, not the least of which was Callimachus, the most important poet of the age. These men wrote poems not just for her, but about her, and their eloquent voices projected her charisma widely across the Greek-speaking world. Though the range of Berenice's interests was impressive and the quantity and quality of the poetry she inspired unparalleled, today she is all but known. Assimilating the scant and scattered evidence of her life, Dee L. Clayman presents a woman who was more powerful and fascinating than we had previously imagined. Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt offers a portrait of a woman who had access to the cultural riches of both Greece and Egypt and who navigated her way carefully through the opportunities and dangers they presented, ultimately using them to accrue unprecedented honors that were all but equal to those of the king.

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    Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt
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    By (author) Dee L. Clayman
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195370898
    ISBN 10: 0195370899

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    Illustrations note
    12 illus.
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    27 March 2014
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    Dee L. Clayman is Professor of Classics and Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
    Review quote
    "Berenice II was a major influence on the cultural and intellectual life of the Ptolemaic court at its zenith. In this first full-scale biography, Dee L. Clayman has brought together historical, material, and literary sources to tease out the remarkable story of this queen's crafting of her own position of power through court intrigue, manipulation of artistic and religious imagery, and close alliance with literary figures such as Callimachus and Apollonius of Rhodes, who celebrated their queen both overtly and covertly in still famous works of poetry." --Kathryn Gutzwiller, University of Cincinnati"Full of interesting and perceptive readings of poems and the intent of poets... While Clayman's strength certainly lies in analysis of poetry and poets, she often employs that knowledge to good effect in topics not narrowly poetic, as in her fascinating discussion of the context for Cynisca of Sparta's victory and the inscriptions created to commemorate it." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review"A cornucopia of a book, brimming over with the fruits of deep research and perceptive reading." --Peter M. Green, The Classical Journal
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements ; Abbreviations ; The Family Tree of Berenice II ; Map of The Eastern Meditteranean in the 3rd Century BCE ; Introduction ; One. Birth in Cyrene ; Two. Arrival in Alexandria ; Three. Callimachus on Murder and Marriage ; Four. Apollonius on Murder and Marriage ; Five. Ruling and Racing ; Six. Berenice in Egypt and another Murder ; Appendix: Catullus 66 ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index ; Index Locorum