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Cleopatra and Me: In Search of a Lost Queen

Was Cleopatra a seductress or a great politician? Shakespeare scholar Dr Islam Issa's exploration of why history and literature have recorded two very different Cleopatras.

Was Cleopatra a seductress or a great politician?

Shakespeare scholar Dr Islam Issa grew up in Birmingham with his Egyptian-born parents. As a child he was taught Cleopatra was a great politician, who turned her capital, Alexandria, into a global seat of learning and made Egypt one of the most powerful countries on the planet. But as a teenager, he realised she had a very different reputation in Britain - either a tragic Shakespearian heroine or a seductress, portrayed by screen sirens like Elizabeth Taylor.

In this programme, Dr Issa sets out to discover the story behind these two, very different, Cleopatras.

29 minutes

Last on

Wed 24 Jun 2020 00:55

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Islam Issa
Interviewed Guest Paul Edmondson
Interviewed Guest Zahi Hawass
Interviewed Guest Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Interviewed Guest Ahmed Issa
Interviewed Guest Josette Simon
Interviewed Guest Bryan Sitch
Interviewed Guest Joyce Tyldesley
Executive Producer Emma Parkins
Director Kieron Townend

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