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Cleopatra (Ancients in Action) [Paperback]

Susan Walker , Sally-Ann Ashton

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25 Aug 2006 Ancients in Action
Why are we still interested in Cleopatra? She has that eternally attractive combination of sexual allure, political power - even divine status - and personal wealth. She had by any standards an eventful life and an unforgettable death. She very nearly tipped the balance of power at a crucial moment in history: had she and Antony succeeded in maintaining their empire in the east, our cultural life might be very different today. In this concise, readable, well-illustrated book, Susan Walker and Sally-Ann Ashton look at the historical Cleopatra, at images of Cleopatra as a Greek queen and as ruler of Egypt, at contemporary perceptions of her and at how we see her today. We see how Roman propaganda depicted her as a threatening woman with non-Roman qualities of excessive behaviour and emotional manipulation, a view that has come down through Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' and forms the basis of our understanding of her over two thousand years later.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press; illustrated edition edition (25 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853996734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853996733
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Informative general introduction to Cleopatra, it tends to focus on a wide variety of sources that provide interesting angles from which to examine this infamous queen." ( Scholia Reviews , 2010) "Ashton′s careful consideration of the Egyptian material is what makes her book a valuable addition to our understanding of Cleopatra. ... A welcome addition to the growing number of texts on Cleopatra suitable for classroom use." ( The Classical Outlook , Spring 2009) "If you want a well researched and illustrated account of Cleopatra within her contemporary Egyptian context, read Ashton." ( The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists , 2009) "One of the best features of Ashton′s book is its assessment of the evidence, literary as well as archaeological. Ashton′s book … is a valuable contribution to the literature on Cleopatra." ( Bryn Mawr Classical Review ) "A must–read, scholarly book on Cleopatra for students and teachers of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, and ancient art." ( About.com ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"Sally–Ann Ashton′s Cleopatra and Egypt provides a coherent and up–to–date background to the study of antiquity′s most controversial and fascinating woman. This book will be an invaluable resource for students and teachers, and the general reader will find much to enjoy. Highly recommended." Lloyd Llewellyn–Jones, University of Edinburgh --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - highly speculative 27 Dec 2013
By T. Randall - Published on Amazon.com
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This an interesting account of Cleopatra and her time, but, given that there's not a lot known about her to begin with and the fact that she's been written about many times over the last 2,000 years, you won't find new information. The most important point, I think (in the author's view and brought home to the reader) is that she didn't see herself (nor was she) Greek, but Egyptian. This makes sense given that, by the time she was born, many generations of the Ptolemies had ruled Egypt (beginning in the late 4th century BC with Alexander's death), and it's likely that the royal family had been thoroughly assimilated into Egyptian culture. That's not a new idea either, but there are still some who incorrectly emphasize her Macedonian roots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleopatra andEgypt by Sally-Ann Ashton 3 Aug 2008
By Frances Murray - Published on Amazon.com
A very through analysis of Cleopatra and her world. Because Cleopatra remains a controversial figure, some of the "facts" stated may be open to argument, but this is the case with any historical work and in no way should affect the reader's enjoyment of the book. And I do mean enjoyment. The book is surprisingly easy to read even though it may be considered "scholarly" due to its historical content. This is due not only to the skill of the author, but also to the presentation of the text. The print is crisp black on a pure white background which makes for very easy reading.
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