I will argue here that the crocodile was specifically selected for Cleopatra Selene by Cleopatra VII
, and that this selection was intended to recall a significant event that occurred at the foundation of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and comprised part of a wider strategy of reconstituting the empire of Ptolemy I Soter and Ptolemy II Philadelphos.
The latest major biographical treatment of Cleopatra VII
, soon to be available in paperback, is Stacy Schiff's 2010 hit Cleopatra: A Life (Back Bay, September), which notes, among other things, that one 19th-century historian errs in having called her "a loose girl of sixteen" when she met Caesar, when she was really "an intensely focused woman of twenty-one.
of Cambridge) searches for the famous queen Cleopatra VII
as she fit into the history, culture, and politics of her native Egypt, rather than the part she played in Roman history and subsequent European literature.
No study on Hellenistic Egypt would be complete without Cleopatra VII
(chapters three to five).
4), one of the first examples of the Egypto-Roman style that began to develop with the presence of Mark Antony, during the reign of Caesarion's mother, Cleopatra VII
was the last ruler of Egypt before its conquest by the Roman leader Octavian in 30BC.
The second arrival is Stanley Bursetin's REIGN OF CLEOPATRA (0313326278): a survey to Cleopatra VII
and her time.
The brilliant young Armenian-born Canadian soprano, Isabel Bayrakdarian, has enjoyed great success with various operatic characterizations of Cleopatra VII
, the legendary Queen of the Nile, who, at 18, ascended the throne of Egypt, charmed both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and died, clasping a poisonous snake to her breast, at the age of 39.
Its modern tourist infrastructure guarantees we can visit with Ramses II or Queen Nefertiti, or the infamous Cleopatra VII
, in the same comfort and with the same tender loving care that they enjoyed.
Cleopatra, actually Cleopatra VII
, was born in Egypt in 69 BCE and committed suicide on August 10, 30 BCE She was a descendent of Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, who created a royal dynasty that ruled Egypt for 300 years.
I do not say you will easily discover a black basalt bust of Cleopatra VII
of the quality shown at the exhibition, but you will find Roman jewellery of the kind that was fashionable in Egypt during Antony's Roman occupation.
The shrewd, charming, and no doubt beautiful Cleopatra VII
(69- 30 B.