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Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth

by Michel Chauveau

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A slim book that debunks the often-repeated myths about the Queen of Egypt and focuses on the little that is proven fact. This really begins with the decline of her father and her co-ruling with her brother husband, then her fighting for control with her siblings, her relationships with both Caesar and Antony, her military conflicts and includes the most likely scenario of her suicide.
While not meant as a textbook, the writing is dry and far from engaging, so not recommended for a casual reader wanting to get lost in a book, but that could be a result of the translator rather than the author. The author, a scholar with an impressive background in Ancient Egyptian studies, has researched Cleopatra to such as degree that, even though there is very little to go on, he manages to piece together nearly an entire life. ( )
  mstrust | Mar 30, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801438675, Hardcover)

Cleopatra: kohl and vipers, barges and thrones, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We have long been schooled in the myth of the Egyptian ruler. In his new book Michel Chauveau brings us a picture of her firmly based in reality. Cleopatra VII reigned in Egypt between 51 and 30 B.C.E. Her primary goal as a ruler was to restore over the eastern Mediterranean the supremacy of the Lagides, the dynasty of Macedonian origin of which she herself was a descendant. We know the queen best from Greek and Latin sources, though these must be used with caution because of their bias. Understandably enough, they reflect not only matters of interest to Romans, but also the propaganda that Octavian used against the queen during his struggles with Mark Antony. Chauveau combines his knowledge of Egyptian sources with judicious use of classical materials to produce an authoritative biography of Cleopatra, the woman and queen, seen in the light of the turbulent era in which she lived.

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