Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

by Joyce Tyldesley

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Overview

The Romans regarded her as "fatale monstrum”—a 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 Cleopatra’s 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 Egypt’s Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786731633
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 920,826
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Family tree     viii
Maps     x
Author's Note     xiii
Introduction     1
Princess of Egypt     10
Queen of Egypt     41
Alexandria-next-to-Egypt     70
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar     94
The New Isis     109
Cleopatra and Mark Antony     140
Death of a Dream     171
Cleopatra's Children     197
History Becomes Legend     205
Who Was Who?     218
Chronology     239
Notes     241
Bibliography     260
List of Illustrations     266
Cartouches     268
Acknowledgements     269
Index     270

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Joyce Tyldesley highly readable biography is a must read. Tyldesley skill is in making the complicated history of Cleopatra, her family, and her famous lovers readable and understanding for the novice reader. Tyldesley writes clearly about all the myths and debates about Cleopatra understandably, and shows that what we think we know about Cleopatra is as much myth as reality.