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  Cleopatra 28 February 2005  
temptress or state-builder?

Roman accounts sealed Cleopatra's reputation as a vain temptress and murderess often to be found in a bath of milk, whilst the legendary film producer Cecil B. Demille even dubbed her "the wickedest woman in history".

However, Arabic sources paint a very different picture of the queen, showing her to be a great builder, a virtuous scholar, an alchemist, physician and philosopher.

Jenni asks Egyptologist, Okasha El Daly, and Delia Pemberton from the British Museum, who the true Cleopatra was and why such different accounts exist?

Egyptology: The Missing Millennium
by Okasha El Daly
Published by UCL Press
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