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    DescriptionFew personalities from classical antiquity are more familiar yet more poorly grasped than Cleopatra (69-30 BC), Queen of Egypt. The subject of a vast repertory of post-antique popular culture and also a significant figure in literature, art, and music, Cleopatra herself is surprisingly little known and generally misunderstood. Even in the years immediately after her death her memory was condemned by those who defeated her. The image of Cleopatra as an unfit ruler and wanton seductress who destroyed the careers of two of Rome's greatest generals-an image first created by Octavian's propaganda campaign-informs the later portrayals of her on stage and screen. Cleopatra was an accomplished diplomat, administrator, linguist (she was probably the first Ptolemy ruler to learn Egyptian), and author, who, until her very last years, skillfully managed her kingdom in the face of a deteriorating political situation and increasing strength and hostility from Rome. The fact that the wealthy and pivotally placed kingdom of Egypt held out so long against Roman conquest is due primarily to the formidable skills of its last Ptolemaic Queen. Although she is the subject of a vast bibliography, she can be unfairly represented as a person whose physical needs determined her political decisions. Some of the most unbiased data from her own era, the repertory of art and coinage produced while she was alive, are too frequently ignored. In Cleopatra, 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 five hundred years, but as the last Greek Queen of Egypt. In addition to providing an engaging narrative of the Queen's life, the author carefully contextualizes Cleopatra in the revolutionary events of the first century BCE. He highlights the important heritage of the Ptolemies, rulers in Egypt since the death of Alexander the Great three hundred years earlier, and the growing involvement of Rome in North Africa and the Middle East, culminating in Octavian's annexation of Egypt in 30 BCE. Roller also considers Cleopatra's various predecessor Queens, who are often ignored but were fascinating personalities in their own right, and her descendents: although Cleopatra was seen as "the last of the Ptolemies" her daughter and grandson ruled in Africa for another 70 years and created a Ptolemaic government-in-exile at Mauretanian Caesarea. The result is the most complete and authoritative portrait of the life and times of this perennially fascinating figure.


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    Title
    Cleopatra
    Subtitle
    A Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Duane W. Roller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195365535
    ISBN 10: 0195365534
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A40303000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 932/.021092
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 932.021092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAE
    LC classification: DT92.7 .R65 2010
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHC, NHHA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Illustrations note
    11 halftones, 3 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    10 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Professor of Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University and author of Through the Pillars of Herakles and The Building Program of Herod the Great.
    Review quote
    This is Cleopatra laid bare without any distractions: a good beginning for readers who know little about her and want to learn more. History Today Roller offers a superb panorama of the society and culture of late Ptolemaic Egypt, with vivid sketches of...Cleopatra's Alexandria. Times Literary Supplement