The Last Queens of Egypt: Cleopatra's Royal House

The Last Queens of Egypt: Cleopatra's Royal House


By (author) Sally-Ann Ashton


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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 236mm x 20mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0582772109
  • ISBN 13: 9780582772106
  • Sales rank: 1,677,481

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The last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who ruled Egypt for 300 years, Cleopatra is the most famous of the Ptolemaic queens. But what of her predecessors? The Last Queens of Egypt examines the roles played by the Ptolemaic royal women and explores their part in religion, politics and court intrigue. Explaining their propensity for incest, murder and power, Sally Ann Ashton shows the extent of the power they enjoyed, the price they paid, and how they shaped Cleopatra's reign.

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Author information

Sally-Ann Ashton is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She helped to organise the recent Cleopatra exhibition at the British Museum.

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"Sally-Ann Ashton has a remarkable talent for decoding iconography - the language of images. Here she uses visual sources with surviving written evidence and the latest archaeological discoveries to construct an illuminating guide to the complex world of the last queens of Egypt."Dr. Susan Walker, British Museum "For three centuries the Ptolemies were the most successful dynasty to follow in the steps of Alexander the Great, and the women of this dynasty were more than a match for the men. "The Last Queens of Egypt" gives a detailed and up-to-date reappraisal of a period which in many ways is still to be explored." John Ray, University of Cambridge

Table of contents

1. Role Models 2. Egypt and the Ptolemies 3. Cleopatra and her Ancesteros 4. Presentation to the Greeks: Hellenistic Queens 5. Continuting the Tradition: Queens of Egypt 6. The Royal Cults: Deification and amalgamation 7. The Legacy of the Ptolemaic Queens