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Cleopatra : a sphinx revisited /
edited by Margaret M. Miles.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
xii, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0520243676 (hbk.), 9780520243675 (hbk.)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
0520243676 (hbk.)
9780520243675 (hbk.)
contents note
Cleopatra in Egypt, Europe and New York : an introduction / Margaret M. Miles -- Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt / Sally-Ann Ashton -- Cleopatra in Rome : facts and fantasies / Eric Gruen -- Dying like a queen : the story of Cleopatra and the asp(s) in antiquity / Robert Gurval -- Cleopatra, Isis, and the formation of Augustan Rome / Sarolta A. Tak√°cs -- Love, triumph, tragedy : Cleopatra and Egypt in high Renaissance Rome / Brian Curran -- The amazing afterlife of Cleopatra's love potions / Ingrid D. Rowland -- HRH Cleopatra : the last of the Ptolemies and the Egyptian paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema / Margaret Mary DeMaria Smith -- Glamour girls : Cleomania in mass culture / Maria Wyke and Dominic Montserrat√° -- Every man's Cleopatra / Giuseppe Pucci -- Cleopatra : the sphinx revisited / Peter Green.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-231) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Margaret M. Miles is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author most recently of Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins ofDebate about Cultural Property.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
There is no end of books on Cleopatra. Biographies and collections of essays appear almost yearly. This collection is the proceedings of a 1999 symposium held at the University of California, Irvine. An introduction by the editor outlines the queen's biography and the history of her image. Then, lucidly written essays treat the Egyptian aspects of Cleopatra's reign, her relations with Rome, the manner of her death, the reception of Isis in Augustan Rome, humanist uses of Cleopatra in Renaissance Rome, 16th-century forged letters of Cleopatra, and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's Cleopatra paintings and Orientalism. Two papers on Cleopatra in 19th- and 20th-century popular culture and a poetic meditation on the queen's career by Peter Green close the volume. Although the papers contain little new about the historical Cleopatra, there is much of interest about Cleopatra as a cultural icon. Two papers stand out: Robert Gurval's perceptive analysis of the development of the tradition of Cleopatra's death by snakebite from Augustan Rome to Chaucer and Ingrid Rowland's brilliant reconstruction of the Reformation context of the forgery of quasi-pornographic letters of Cleopatra and Antony. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. M. Burstein emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
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Bowker Data Service Summary
The wide-ranging essays collected in this volume explore such topics as Cleopatra's controversial trip to Rome, her suicide by snake bite and the afterlife of her love potions.
Main Description
Cleopatra--a brave, astute, and charming woman who spoke many languages, entertained lavishly, hunted, went into battle, eliminated siblings to consolidate her power, and held off the threat of Imperial Rome to protect her country as long as she could--continues to fascinate centuries after she ruled Egypt. These wide-ranging essays explore such topics as Cleopatra's controversial trip to Rome, her suicide by snake bite, and the afterlife of her love potions. They view Cleopatra from the Egyptian perspective, and examine the reception in Rome of Egyptian culture, especially of its religion and architecture. They discuss films about her, and consider what inspired Egyptomania in early modern art. Together, these essays illuminate Cleopatra's legacy and illustrate how it has been used and reused through the centuries.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Cleopatra in Egypt, Europe, and New York: An Introductionp. 1
Cleopatra, Queen of Egyptp. 21
Cleopatra in Rome: Facts and Fantasiesp. 37
Dying Like a Queen: The Story of Cleopatra and the Asp(s) in Antiquityp. 54
Cleopatra, Isis, and the Formation of Augustan Romep. 78
Love, Triumph, Tragedy: Cleopatra and Egypt in High Renaissance Romep. 96
The Amazing Afterlife of Cleopatra's Love Potionsp. 132
HRH Cleopatra: The Last of the Ptolemies and the Egyptian Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tademap. 150
Glamour Girls: Cleomania in Mass Culturep. 172
Every Man's Cleopatrap. 195
Epilogue: Cleopatra: The Sphinx Revisitedp. 208
Bibliographyp. 213
Contributorsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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