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Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the Ptolemies Paperback – March 16, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0801485763 ISBN-10: 0801485762 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801485762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801485763
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michel Chauveau has given the reader a useful, readable and easy-to-navigate summary of Lagide Egypt. . . Lorton's translation, as always, is smooth and precise. . . It should be part of every Egyptophile's library."—KMT, Winter 2001-02

"Chauveau offers a detailed and vivid portrayal of these three centuries from the perspective of an Egyptian. . . . This excellent work richly reveals two cultures, Egyptian and Greek, involved in colonialism, imperialism, and acculturation. Upper-division undergraduates and above."—Choice. September 2000

"The book provides an easily digestible introduction to Cleopatra's world. . . A fascinating introduction to an era when the political and military face of the Mediterranean world was changing rapidly."—Patricia Spencer, Egyptian Archaeology, No. 18, Spring 2001

"Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra..is a valuable addition as there are few, if any, general publications of this period, and it provides a very readable and entertaining overview."—Helen Strudwick, Antiquity 2001

"Chauveau makes extensive use of the Egyptian sources, including papyri, ostraca, hieroglyphic inscriptions, stelae, and coins to present a concise overview of both urban and rural Egypt under the last of the Ptolemaic rulers. . . .Well researched and documented, the book provides a valuable and needed overview for both students and more advanced scholars."—Denise Doxey, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, July 2002

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on May 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a social and economic study of the Ptolemaic period, dealing particularly with the reign of Cleopatra. The author provides a history of the period, an overview of Cleopatra's relations with Antony, an excellent presentation of the Greek pharaohs and the Lagide people, and a brief introduction to the religion, military, economy, art and languages of these lesser-known times. Beautifully translated from the French, the book offers a few black and white photographs. For the interested students and scholars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Wong on June 16, 2007
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What fascinated me about this book is that it explains several aspects of daily life in an Egypt, not only dominated by the Macedonian Lagides, but in a land where Greek settlers and Egyptian natives coexisted. It is quite interesting to learn how the two groups related to each other in their city life, rural space, property, bodies of law, religious beliefs, national identity, and of course family ties by marriage and blood. The translation is quite good (not that I've read the original French version to compare both, but it reads smoothly in English). However, I only give it 4 stars as the book (which is very interesting at first) became a little tiresome for me at the end.Nefertiti: Unlocking the Mystery Surrounding Egypt's Most Famous and Beautiful Queen
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