From Publishers Weekly
Was Egypt's last queen a female Machiavelli, a goddess, femme fatale or worse? Was she beautiful or woefully overrated? Cleopatra, who died in 30 B.C., has long had fantasy and slander directed at her, without anyone from beyond her time and place knowing what she looked like. Timed to coincide with a British Museum exhibit (which then travels to Rome and Chicago) Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth analyzes the ways the queen's image has changed from the Renaissance to the present. Edited by Susan Walker (Roman Art) and Peter Higgs, deputy keeper and curator, respectively, in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum, the book presents 364 color and 261 b&w illustrations of pieces from the exhibit, including jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, painting and mosaic.
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From Library Journal
The British Museum's Walker and Higgs assembled a team of 39 international scholars to join them in the production of this lavish catalog for an exhibition that travels from the Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome to the British Museum to Chicago's Field Museum. The historical and legendary Cleopatra VII is brought to life through 394 objects from 35 museums and private collections in Africa, Europe, and North America. In addition to the catalog entries for each object, the background of Egypt's Ptolemaic Dynasty (323-30 B.C.E.), Cleopatra's turbulent reign, and her subsequent passage into myth are explored through 11 essays divided into four topical sections: "The Ptolemies and Alexandria," "Cleopatra, Lady of the Two Lands," "Cleopatra and the Power of Rome," and "Egypt in Rome/The Myth of Cleopatra." One controversial aspect of the exhibition is a corpus of Egyptian-style statues attributed to Cleopatra solely on the basis of stylistic elements. Enhanced by 625 illustrations (364 in color), a chronology, a glossary, an excellent bibliography, and a concordance of objects, this publication is suitable for public and academic libraries. Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL
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