By Margaret M. Miles

Cleopatra—a courageous, astute, and fascinating lady who spoke many languages, entertained lavishly, hunted, went into conflict, eradicated siblings to consolidate her strength, and held off the specter of Imperial Rome to guard her kingdom so long as she could—continues to fascinate centuries after she governed Egypt. those wide-ranging essays discover such themes as Cleopatra’s debatable journey to Rome, her suicide by means of snake chunk, and the afterlife of her love potions. They view Cleopatra from the Egyptian point of view, and look at the reception in Rome of Egyptian tradition, in particular of its faith and structure. They talk about motion pictures approximately her, and think about what encouraged Egyptomania in early glossy paintings. jointly, those essays light up Cleopatra’s legacy and illustrate the way it has been used and reused in the course of the centuries.

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Had Cleopatra develop into heedlessly enamored of Caesar, gripped by way of a fervor to spend all her time at his facet? if that is so, she wouldn't get pleasure from his corporation for lengthy. A month or so after Cleopatra arrived in Rome, Caesar went off to the wars in Spain. eleven None may possibly expect how lengthy he will be gone—or if he might ever go back. was once Cleopatra making plans to attend patiently, regardless of how lengthy it took? because it occurred, Caesar’s day trip overseas lasted for roughly six months. forty Cleopatra in Rome What used to be Cleopatra doing in the course of that lengthy absence? How lengthy did she plan to stick? As we all know, she left in a rush after the Ides of March in forty four B. C. E. however the slaying of Caesar couldn't were expected. may she, differently, have remained indefinitely? Who used to be operating the rustic in Egypt? a fair extra exciting query indicates itself. How is it that, whilst Cleopatra did go back, after having left Egypt in an unsettled , having been away for greater than a 12 months and a part, and along with her strong paramour now useless, she it appears picked up the items in her native land with no encountering dissent or trouble? not anyone has to pose those questions. yet as soon as posed, they clarify that whatever needs to be flawed with this photograph. a better inspection is warranted. T H E BAC KGROU N D TO T H E ROM A N V I SI T Cleopatra, it's going to be emphasised, was once a powerful determine in her personal correct. She possessed substantial highbrow presents, nice resourcefulness, and excessive ambition. Plutarch studies that the queen had a mellifluous voice, like a many-stringed software, a girl of significant attraction and wit, now not possibly a blinding attractiveness (as cash and portrait busts confirm), yet an attractive conversationalist and somebody of wide-ranging mind. He provides that she was once fluent in 9 languages—none of which, curiously adequate, was once Latin. (She no doubt conversed with Caesar in Greek. ) besides the fact that adorned this portrait could be, it shows a lady of genuine accomplishment. 12 The Roman standpoint, inescapably, offers her as a part of a duo, no matter if with Caesar or with Antony, both as being manipulated via them for his or her reasons or as manipulating them for hers. Neither research does complete justice to the lady or to the situations within which she came across herself. Cleopatra VII stood within the lengthy line of the Ptolemies who for 2 and a part centuries had governed Egypt and, for a lot of the time, Cyrene, Cyprus, Palestine, Coele-Syria, elements of Asia Minor, and the Aegean. The Ptolemies loved the main enduring and proudest of the Hellenistic kingdoms. Born to the pink, Cleopatra observed her venture as retaining the (best) traditions of her royal line, and certainly as reviving the traditional glories of that line. She confronted an exhausting fight. Intrigues in the family members, courtroom cabals, and civil strife made her quest an uphill conflict from the beginning. this isn't where to rehearse these info. It wishes simply be under pressure that Cleopatra needed to name upon titanic ingenuity and to lodge to either inner and exterior assets good prior to Julius Caesar got here at the scene.

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