Cleopatra—a courageous, astute, and captivating lady who spoke many languages, entertained lavishly, hunted, went into conflict, eradicated siblings to consolidate her strength, and held off the specter of Imperial Rome to guard her kingdom so long as she could—continues to fascinate centuries after she governed Egypt. those wide-ranging essays discover such themes as Cleopatra's arguable journey to Rome, her suicide via snake chunk, and the afterlife of her love potions. They view Cleopatra from the Egyptian standpoint, and look at the reception in Rome of Egyptian tradition, specially of its faith and structure. They talk about movies approximately her, and think about what encouraged Egyptomania in early smooth paintings. jointly, those essays light up Cleopatra's legacy and illustrate the way it has been used and reused throughout the centuries.
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