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.
|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|