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." Schiff's adolescence has been the subject of some disagreement, too.
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.
What has this obelisk to do with Cleopatra VII
The two profiles are very similar, but the decisive fact is that both have the strong projecting chin of Ptolemy I, the founder of Cleopatra VII
The reader vicariously experiences a future female ruler's turbulent youth in Cleopatra VII
: Daughter of the Nile, one of the titles in Scholastic's Royal diaries series.
The shrewd, charming, and no doubt beautiful Cleopatra VII
(69- 30 B.C.)-best known simply as Cleopatra-ruled Egypt with her brother, Ptolemy XIII, from 51-48 B.C., when she was dethroned by him.
Cleopatrain full Cleopatra VII
Thea Philopator ("Goddess Loving Her Father") (b.
to the suicide of Cleopatra VII
in 31 B.C.), when the question "How should one live?" drove the philosophical enterprise and the answer mattered equally to aristocrat and slave.
, 69 - 30 bc ) Last Macedonian queen of Egypt.