Cleopatra and Egypt

Cleopatra and Egypt

Paperback Blackwell Ancient Lives

By (author) Sally-Ann Ashton

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 12mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405113901
  • ISBN 13: 9781405113908
  • Edition statement: Parental Adviso.
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings, figures, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 769,651

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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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Author information

Sally-Ann Ashton studied at King's College London and is currently Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. She has published extensively on many aspects of later periods of Egyptian history and culture, including Ptolemaic royal sculpture from Egypt, the last queens of Egypt, Petrie's Ptolemaic and Roman Memphis and Roman Egyptomania. She has worked on excavations in Greece, Libya, and Egypt and is currently involved in projects at Karnak temple.

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"Informative general introduction to Cleopatra, it tends to focus on a wide variety of sources that provide interesting angles from which to examine this infamous queen." (Scholia Reviews, 2010) "Ashton's careful consideration of the Egyptian material is what makes her book a valuable addition to our understanding of Cleopatra. ... A welcome addition to the growing number of texts on Cleopatra suitable for classroom use." (The Classical Outlook, Spring 2009) "If you want a well researched and illustrated account of Cleopatra within her contemporary Egyptian context, read Ashton." (The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 2009) "One of the best features of Ashton's book is its assessment of the evidence, literary as well as archaeological. Ashton's book … is a valuable contribution to the literature on Cleopatra." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review) "A must-read, scholarly book on Cleopatra for students and teachers of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, and ancient art." (

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Celebrated as queen, politician, and lover, Cleopatra remains an object of fascination more than 2,000 years after her death. In this beautifully illustrated new study, Sally-Ann Ashton deconstructs the image of Cleopatra to uncover the complex historical figure behind the myth. Incorporating Ashton's findings from her own recent survey of a temple of Cleopatra in Egypt, this book is the first to consider Cleopatra from a wholly Egyptian perspective. Drawing on literary, archaeological, and art historical evidence, Ashton paints an intimate and compelling portrait of the most famous Queen of Egypt.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations. Author's Foreword. Aknowledgements. 1 Cleopatra - Black and beautiful?. 2 Sources. 3 King's daughter, King's sister, Great royal wife. 4 Ruler and regent, 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