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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?

Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemies. Highly intelligent, she spoke many languages and was rumored to be the only Ptolemy to read and speak Egyptian. Her famous liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony had as much to do with politics as the heart. Ruthless in dealing with her enemies, many within her own family, Cleopatra steered her kingdom through difficult times, and very nearly succeeded in creating an eastern empire to rival the growing might of Rome.

Her story was well documented by her near contemporaries, and the tragic tale of contrasts and oppositions--the seductive but failing power of ancient Egypt versus the virile strength of modern Rome--is so familiar we almost feel that we know Cleopatra. But our picture is highly distorted. Cleopatra is often portrayed as a woman ruled by emotion rather than reason; a queen hurtling towards inevitable self-destruction. But these tales of seduction, intrigue, and suicide by asp have obfuscated Cleopatra's true political genius.

Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

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Cleopatra is often portrayed as a woman ruled by emotion rather than reason. Tales of seduction, intrigue, and suicide have obfuscated Cleopatra's true political genius. Stripping away these misconceptions, Egyptologist Tyldesley offers a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

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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 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.

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.

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Rebekah Weakley, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Rebekah Weakley)
I love all things Egyptian and my Dad bought me this book knowing I would love to read something, anything about Egypt.

I found Joyce Tyldesley's book to be well-written in an easy to read manner. Her description of how the rulers and gods inter-mixed was well described if not always so easy to follow. I also GREATLY enjoyed her balanced view of Cleopatra. The author told you when the source was biased either for or against Cleopatra so you could judge his words with a grain of salt.

For anyone interested in either Egyptian history or the Life of Cleopatra this book is a MUST READ!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465018925
Author:
Tyldesley, Joyce
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ancient - Egypt
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp. b and w photos
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25x6.20x.80 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Cleopatra is often portrayed as a woman ruled by emotion rather than reason. Tales of seduction, intrigue, and suicide have obfuscated Cleopatra's true political genius. Stripping away these misconceptions, Egyptologist Tyldesley offers a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.
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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 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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