Cleopatra: A Biography [Hardback]

Duane W. Roller (Author)

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ISBN: 9780195365535 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 252p, b/w illus



This new biography adds to the substantial literature on Cleopatra, presenting an overwhelmingly positive picture of a ruler in the Hellenistic mode, a skilled politician and diplomat, who was able, albeit ultimately unsuccessfully to champion a revival of the Ptolemaic state in the face of Roman aggression. Roller sticks to the ancient sources, including Egyptian inscriptions, papyri and iconographic evidence, and aims to get away from any focus on Cleopatra's exotic afterlife in western culture. As well as tracing the political narrative he includes analysis of Cleopatra's administration and the vibrant cultural life of her court.

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