Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth
Fabled for her sexual allure and cunning intelligence, Cleopatra VII of Egypt has fascinated generations of admirers and detractors since her tumultuous life ended in suicide in 30 B.C. The last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who had ruled Egypt for three centuries, Cleopatra created her own... show more
Fabled for her sexual allure and cunning intelligence, Cleopatra VII of Egypt has fascinated generations of admirers and detractors since her tumultuous life ended in suicide in 30 B.C. The last of the Ptolemaic monarchs who had ruled Egypt for three centuries, Cleopatra created her own mythology. She became an icon in her own lifetime and a legend after her death.This lavishly illustrated catalogue coincides with a major international exhibition celebrating images of Cleopatra. It explores how she was depicted during her own era, in works ranging from coins to life-size sculpture. Exciting new discoveries are featured--including seven Egyptian-style statues believed to represent Cleopatra, and two portraits probably commissioned while she was living in Rome with Julius Caesar. The book also examines interpretations of Cleopatra from the Renaissance to modern times, as seen in paintings, ceramics, jewelry, plays, operas, and film. In addition, recent archaeological finds from Alexandria (Cleopatra's capital) and from Rome illustrate aspects of life in Cleopatra's day.EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:Palazzo Ruspoli, RomeOctober 12, 2000-February 25, 2001The British Museum, LondonApril 12-August 28, 2001The Field Museum, ChicagoOctober 20, 2001-March 2, 2002
Publish date: December 31st 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Like many books based on the history of Egypt and that of arguably its most famous individual, the book was beautiful. The detailed explanations of each item included was welcomed and unlike some books regarding Cleopatra, many of the objects actually related to Cleopatra's life. I enjoyed the diffe...