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Cleopatra and Egypt 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1405113901
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"Informative general introduction to Cleopatra, it tends to focus on a wide variety of sources that provide interesting angles from which to examine this infamous queen." (Scholia Reviews, 2010)

"Ashton's careful consideration of the Egyptian material is what makes her book a valuable addition to our understanding of Cleopatra. ... A welcome addition to the growing number of texts on Cleopatra suitable for classroom use." (The Classical Outlook, Spring 2009)

"If you want a well researched and illustrated account of Cleopatra within her contemporary Egyptian context, read Ashton." (The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 2009)

"One of the best features of Ashton's book is its assessment of the evidence, literary as well as archaeological. Ashton's book … is a valuable contribution to the literature on Cleopatra." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

"A must-read, scholarly book on Cleopatra for students and teachers of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, and ancient art." (About.com)

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"Sally-Ann Ashton's Cleopatra and Egypt provides a coherent and up-to-date background to the study of antiquity's most controversial and fascinating woman. This book will be an invaluable resource for students and teachers, and the general reader will find much to enjoy. Highly recommended."
Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, University of Edinburgh
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405113901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405113908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This an interesting account of Cleopatra and her time, but, given that there's not a lot known about her to begin with and the fact that she's been written about many times over the last 2,000 years, you won't find new information. The most important point, I think (in the author's view and brought home to the reader) is that she didn't see herself (nor was she) Greek, but Egyptian. This makes sense given that, by the time she was born, many generations of the Ptolemies had ruled Egypt (beginning in the late 4th century BC with Alexander's death), and it's likely that the royal family had been thoroughly assimilated into Egyptian culture. That's not a new idea either, but there are still some who incorrectly emphasize her Macedonian roots.
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A very through analysis of Cleopatra and her world. Because Cleopatra remains a controversial figure, some of the "facts" stated may be open to argument, but this is the case with any historical work and in no way should affect the reader's enjoyment of the book. And I do mean enjoyment. The book is surprisingly easy to read even though it may be considered "scholarly" due to its historical content. This is due not only to the skill of the author, but also to the presentation of the text. The print is crisp black on a pure white background which makes for very easy reading.
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