Cleopatra: A Biography

Paperback | September 29, 2011

byDuane W. Roller

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Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous - yet more poorly understood - than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In this major biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal was always the preservation of herdynasty and kingdom. Roller's authoritative account is the first to be based solely on primary materials from the Greco-Roman period: literary sources, Egyptian documents (Cleopatra's own writings), and representations in art and coinage produced while she was alive. His compelling portrait of the queen illuminates herprowess as a royal administrator who managed a large and diverse kingdom extending from Asia Minor to the interior of Egypt, as a naval commander who led her own fleet in battle, and as a scholar and supporter of the arts. Even her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius - the source ofher reputation as a supreme seductress who drove men to their doom - were carefully crafted state policies: she chose these partners to insure the procreation of successors who would be worthy of her distinguished dynasty. That Cleopatra ultimately lost to her Roman opponents, Roller contends, in noway diminishes her abilities.

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Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous - yet more poorly understood - than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In this major biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal was always the preservation of herdynasty and kingdom. Roller's authoritative accoun...

Historian, archaeologist, and classical scholar, Duane W. Roller is Professor Emeritus of Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University. The author of eight books, including Through the Pillars of Herakles and The Building Program of Herod the Great, he has excavated in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the Levant.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199829969

ISBN - 13:9780199829965

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PrefaceAbbreviationsList of IllustrationsIntroduction1. Cleopatra's Ancestry and Background2. The Ptolemaic Heritage and the Entanglement With Rome3. Cleopatra's Youth and Education4. Becoming Queen (51-47 BC)5. Consolidating the Empire (47-40 BC)6. The Peak Years (40-34 BC)7. The Operation of the Kingdom8. Scholarship and Culture at the Court of Cleopatra9. Downfall (34-30 BC)AppendicesBibliographyList of Passages CitedIndex

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"Besides providing a compelling story and breathing fresh air into a heretofore two-dimensional caricature from history, Roller's 'Cleopatra' provides an interesting commentary on the attitudes still prevalent towards women who rule." --Christian Science Monitor