This engaging biography chronicles the life and times of Cleopatra, spanning from the Ptolemaic period to recent archaeological work uncovering artifacts relating to her era.
Recent turmoil in Egypt has illuminated the plight of human rights in the region, inviting a retrospective glance at the treatment―and role―of women throughout the country's history. As one of Egypt's most prominent figures, Cleopatra's story provides insight into the rights of women in the ancient world and adds a historical dimension to many of the struggles seen today. This timely biography explores the life of this ancient Egyptian ruler, revealing a dichotomy between her popular image as a seductress and that of a smart and cunning leader who fought tirelessly to keep her country independent and prosperous during her reign.
Experienced biographer Catherine M. Andronik provides a thorough account of Cleopatra and her time, including the history of Egypt and Rome during her era, family rivalries for the throne, the various generals and politicians involved in the events surrounding her, and popular depictions of Cleopatra through the ages. The work features recent developments on the subject, such as the discovery of a snippet of Cleopatra's alleged handwriting and plans for an underwater archaeological museum in Alexandria.
• Highlights the key events in Cleopatra's life and times on a concise timeline
• Includes photographs, illustrations, and a helpful bibliography
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