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"Berenice II was a major influence on the cultural and intellectual life of the Ptolemaic court at its zenith. In this first full-scale biography, Dee L. Clayman has brought together historical, material, and literary sources to tease out the remarkable story of this queen's crafting of her own position of power through court intrigue, manipulation of artistic and religious imagery, and close alliance with literary figures such as Callimachus and Apollonius of Rhodes, who celebrated their queen both overtly and covertly in still famous works of poetry." --Kathryn Gutzwiller, University of Cincinnati"Full of interesting and perceptive readings of poems and the intent of poets... While Clayman's strength certainly lies in analysis of poetry and poets, she often employs that knowledge to good effect in topics not narrowly poetic, as in her fascinating discussion of the context for Cynisca of Sparta's victory and the inscriptions created to commemorate it." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review"A cornucopia of a book, brimming over with the fruits of deep research and perceptive reading." --Peter M. Green, The Classical Journal

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Dee L. Clayman is Professor of Classics and Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Shock horror! Fourteen year old girl orders soldiers to murder her mother's lover! 7 May 2014
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This interpretation of Berenice early life is about as likely as it would be today. A girl/young woman described as a snivelling adolescent, who could not choose her own husband, would not have the power to do this. The murder of Demetrius the Fair would have most probably been carried out by Ptolemaic mercenaries. [My opinion]. Cyrene was consider to be part of the Ptolemaic Empire and Demetrius may well have been seen an usurper. Once reclaimed as the spouse of Ptolemy 111 she assumed godlike status and could claim the event as 'vengeance of the gods' who not only punish sexual crime but restore order.

Therefore, my comment is, that this book though readable if you are sufficiently interested in the subject, accepts the notions of the propaganda machines of the day rather too much.
I felt that the author was trying to hard to ... 24 Aug 2014
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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I felt that the author was trying to hard to argue that Berenice II was powerful, and ended up just asserting his conclusion repeatedly while using circular logic. It was tiring, but educational
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