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Cleopatra

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 02 December 2010

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Cleopatra. The last pharaoh to rule Egypt, Cleopatra was a woman of intelligence and charisma, later celebrated as a great beauty. During an eventful life she was ousted from her throne and later restored to it with the help of her lover Julius Caesar. A later relationship with another Roman statesman, Mark Antony - and Cleopatra's subsequent death at her own hands - provided Shakespeare with the raw material for one of his greatest plays. Today Cleopatra is still an object of fascination, her story revealing as much about the Roman world as it does about the end of the age of the Pharaohs.With:Catharine EdwardsProfessor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of LondonMaria WykeProfessor of Latin at University College LondonSusan WalkerKeeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of OxfordProducer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, 'Cleopatra: Queen, Lover, Legend' (Pimlico, 2006)

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, 'Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions' (Bloomsbury, 1989)

    Mary Hamer, 'How Cleopatra Enchanted the World' (Monograph from a talk given at the British Museum by an associate of Harvard’s Department of Afro-American Studies in The Independent 13 August 2001)

    Mary Hamer, 'Signs of Cleopatra: Reading an Icon Historically' (Routledge, 1993)

    Michael Grant, 'Cleopatra' (New York 1972, reprinted 2000)

    Günther Hölbl, 'A History of the Ptolemaic Empire' (London, 2001)

    Diana E. E. Kleiner, 'Cleopatra and Rome' (Cambridge, Mass., 2005)

    Duane W. Roller, 'Cleopatra: A Biography' (Oxford, 2010)

    R. Gurval, 'Actium and Augustus: The Politics and Emotions of Civil War' (University of Michigan Press, 1998)

    M. Wyke, 'The Roman Mistress' (Oxford, 2002) esp.pp.195-245

    Mary Siani-Davies, 'Ptolemy and the Romans' Historia 46:3 (1997)

    Alan Brian Lloyd, 'The Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC)' in 'The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt', edited by Ian Shaw (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000) 395–421

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