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Cleopatra : fact and fiction
Cleopatra : fact and fiction
Watterson, Barbara2017
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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 16 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.
Main title:
Cleopatra : fact and fiction / Barbara Watterson.
Author:
Imprint:
Stroud : Amberley, 2017.
Collation:
304 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN:
9781445669656 (hbk)
Dewey class:
932.021092
Language:
English
BRN:
2602705
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