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Cleopatra: Fact and Fiction ( Editura: Amberley Publishing/Books Outlet, Autor: Barbara Watterson ISBN 9781445669656)

Cleopatra: Fact and Fiction ( Editura: Amberley Publishing/Books Outlet, Autor: Barbara Watterson ISBN 9781445669656)
Preț: 72,00 RON
Disponibilitate: în stoc
ISBN: 9781445669656
Anul publicării: 2017
Pagini: 286
Format: 16x24 cm
Categoria: World History

DESCRIERE

Cleopatra is one of the greatest romantic figures in history, the queen of Egypt whose beauty and allure is legendary. We think we know her story, but our image of her is largely gleaned from the film starring Elizabeth Taylor or from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Shakespeare himself was inspired by Plutarch, who was only sixteen years old when Cleopatra died. So her story was never based purely on fact.

In the middle of the first century BC, Cleopatra caught the attention of Rome by captivating the two most powerful Romans of the day, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. She outlived both and attempted to suborn a third, her mortal enemy, Octavius Caesar, the first of the Roman Emperors. Having failed to do so she destroyed herself.

We can tell that Cleopatra was highly intelligent and politically astute and that she wielded great power. But Roman histories heaped opprobrium upon her. Cleopatra’s detractors claimed that she used her feminine wiles to entrap Caesar and Antony. She came to symbolise the danger of female influence to the safety of Rome – and indeed to the male-dominated world.

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