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By Sally-Ann Ashton

This superbly illustrated new biography of Cleopatra attracts on literary, archaeological, and artwork old facts to color an intimate and compelling portrait of the main well-known Queen of Egypt.

  • Deconstructs a twin of Cleopatra to discover the advanced old determine in the back of the parable
  • Examines Greek, Roman, and Egyptian representations of Cleopatra
  • Considers how she was once seen by way of her contemporaries and the way she offered herself
  • Incorporates the author’s fresh box paintings at a temple of Cleopatra in Alexandria
  • Beautifully illustrated with over forty images

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PTOLEMY XII NEOS DIONYSOS = CLEOPATRA VI TRYPHAINA Ptolemy King of Cyprus ×? 2 Ptolemaic family from Ptolemy V to the end of their history Ptolemaic tradition Ptolemy XII married his sister Cleopatra Tryphaina and their first child was named Cleopatra Berenice IV. Ptolemy XII adopted the titles Father-loving god (Theos Philopator) and Sibling-loving (Philadelphos), the first stressing his right as the illegitimate son of Ptolemy IX to rule and the second perhaps as a means of looking back to the dynasty’s golden age (Hölbl 2001: 223), a strategy that would be copied by Cleopatra VII (Ashton 2003a: 93–5).

The Cleopatra who appears in early Moslem texts was a wholly different character to her portrayal by Roman writers and historians (El Daly 2004: 121–2; 130–7; 142). She was shown as a scholar, physician, scientist, philosopher, and builder (albeit confused by being associated with building projects undertaken by her predecessors). The Arab Romance of Cleopatra (El Daly 2004: 135–6) finds the queen assimilated to Alexander, which is testimony to her status as a historical figure. As El Daly notes the Cleopatra of the Romance is an intelligent woman with great political ambition, a woman who also appears in some of the sources 23 Roman sources, such as the final chapters of Plutarch’s Life of Antony.

The crown has a triple uraeus and is inscribed with the titles of the queen. 10). The crown belonged to a life-size statue of a Ptolemaic queen. The identity of the subject can be narrowed down on account of a specific iconographic feature: a triple rather than single uraeus (cobra). Arsinoe II was the sister and wife of Ptolemy II and wore two cobras on her brow; however, the type of crown seen on the Petrie example (double plume, sun-disk, and horns) is not that worn by this particular queen.

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