Cleopatra : Last Queen of Egypt

By (author) Joyce Tyldesley


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The Romans regarded her as fatale monstruma fatal omen. Pascal said the shape of her nose changed the history of the world. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. But who was Cleopatra, really? We almost feel that we know Cleopatra, but our distorted image of a self-destructive beauty does no justice to Cleopatras true genius. In Cleopatra, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers an unexpectedly vivid portrait of a skillful Egyptian ruler. Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypts Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • 22 Jun 2010
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
  • 0465018920
  • 9780465018925
  • 457,432

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Author Information

Joyce Tyldesley holds a first class honors degree in archaeology from Liverpool University, and a doctorate from Oxford University. She is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University, and a tutor at Manchester University. She lives in Bolton, England.

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"Times Higher Education Supplement""A very readable account of the life of Cleopatra VII, and one that goes some way to redress the way in which she is often viewed. It also provides intriguing insights into life and society in the Egypt of the Ptolemies and the position of Egypt in the world-system of its time."

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