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Cleopatra The Great von: Dr. Joann Fletcher

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Cleopatra The Great

Daughter of King Ptolemy XII Auletes, Cleopatra was destined to become the last The portrait painting of Cleopatra's death was perhaps among the great. Cleopatra the Great | Joann Fletcher | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Cleopatra the Great tells the story of a turbulent time and the extraordinary woman at its centre. She was Greek by descent – the last, and greatest, Egyptian​.

I found this book an intriguing and informative read into the life and times of this great ruler. Jan 05, Nicky rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , history.

I started reading this and then was struck by a sense of familiarity. I checked and found that, sure enough, I've partly read another book by Fletcher.

Widely criticised for her sensational claims about Nefertiti, and to my mind horribly self-aggrandising -- if I pick up a book about Nefertiti, I want to learn about her, not about Joann Fletcher.

And I find it somewhat suspicious that Fletcher supports theories that most other accounts dismiss as unlikely or even ridiculous, and that her wild cl I started reading this and then was struck by a sense of familiarity.

And I find it somewhat suspicious that Fletcher supports theories that most other accounts dismiss as unlikely or even ridiculous, and that her wild claims actually caused her to be banned from Egypt.

My impression has been that Joann Fletcher is far more interested in Joann Fletcher than in Nefertiti, or Cleopatra, or even Egypt as a whole.

This might be unfair, but I found Fletcher presumptuous in what I read of this book. I don't know how anyone can claim to know Cleopatra's thoughts and feelings so exactly based on archaeology and research, and Fletcher's introduction emphasising the relative dearth of Cleopatra research gave me a sinking feeling too -- I'm sure she said as much in The Search for Nefertiti, too.

Not gonna risk more time with this. I have another biography of Cleopatra to read, and countless other things. View all 3 comments. May 18, Andres rated it really liked it Shelves: cleopatra.

It does an incredibly thorough job of detailing Cleopatra: her life, her death, and everything in between. For the remaining ten chapters her story is told in chronological order with any necessary background information about people or places supplied when needed.

Fascinating but sometimes overwhelming are the very detailed descriptions of religious rites, dinner tables, the various gods and goddesses that are worshipped, perfumes, and much much more.

Those descriptions are worth it. As well, it seems that everything mentioned in the text has the source cited in the notes, which lends a great deal of credibility to everything.

I recommend this for the patient and interested reader. Details of the book: pages of text - 37 lines of text per page 74 pages notes 26 pages of bibliography 10 pages of index 2 maps 8 pages of color photos Sep 15, Dana Stabenow rated it it was ok Shelves: alexandria.

There's too much "she could have done this, she could have done that" here, with a tedious emphasis on the details of religious rites occasionally leavened by a little humor.

A useful index, though, which I highlighted the hell out of for future reference purposes. Feb 07, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: read-in It's a very good biography with an incredible amount of detail and history years worth before getting to Cleopatra , with complicated politics and relations worth reading about.

Some of the lengthy descriptions of palaces became tedious, including one whole chapter describing Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar's site seeing along the Nile river, which however did sound incredibly beautiful.

It wasn't a particularly "easy" read, in that some of the elements took me more than once over a paragraph t It's a very good biography with an incredible amount of detail and history years worth before getting to Cleopatra , with complicated politics and relations worth reading about.

It wasn't a particularly "easy" read, in that some of the elements took me more than once over a paragraph to fully absorb, but I liked it and would recommend it for anyone very interested in that time of history.

The author did a wonderful job not only presenting the facts, but also making us aware of what was said to be that wasn't actually confirmed facts, leaving us to our own descernment.

I'm glad I read it. What an amazing history our world has. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it turned out to be more a history of Egypt than Cleopatra.

The author, clearly knowledgeable and passionate on her subject, tried to introduce the book as proof of Cleopatra's leadership and history-changing decisions.

As it turned out, I thought that it seemed more like Cleopatra simply made clever marital decisions in order to keep her country from Roman rule, and left all the fighting and political moves to her husbands and their armies.

While I have Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it turned out to be more a history of Egypt than Cleopatra. While I have no doubt that she loved Julius Casear and then Marc Anthony, it does seem coincidential to me that she wooed them both, both of whom were rulers or co-rulers of Rome at the time and due to their marriages, they aided Cleopatra in her ruling of it, rather than try to bring it into the Roman Empire, as they undoubtedly would've done had the situation been different, or even if they had been able to manipulate her into allowing them to do so.

Similarly, Cleopatra seems to have been better at throwing banquets and celebrations for herself and her family rather than make any political decisions about her country, until the end, when she must make decisions in Marc Antony's absence.

Having said that, I really did enjoy this book. The history of Egypt, their customs and beliefs was fascinating.

It was very well written, not seeming to be a history book, but with more of a novelistic flair to it. I would recommend it to someone who wanted to know more about Cleopatra or Ancient Egypt, but I would warn them it doesn't necessarily prove those things it sets itself out to.

Aug 05, Kristen rated it liked it. While painting a comprehensive picture of Cleopatra's world, the readability of "Cleopatra the Great", is inhibited by the lengthy descriptions of Egyptian temple rites and worship practices.

Although the descriptions may inform the understanding of who Cleopatra was as a ruler, they functioned as kind of a sticky web--once you got in, it was hard to get out.

Still, this book gives a balanced and interesting the portrait of Cleopatra. Very informative and chock full of information about not just Cleopatra, but also her ancestors going all the way back to Alexander the Great.

Nonetheless, it was having all that information chucked at me that made this book a real chore to read.

It was really hard to stick with as the author would go on and on about some obscure point before finally getting back on track.

Plus, the occasional typo was also rather jarring. Once you've read the Schiff biography, go out and get this book to compare. The Egyptologist, Fletcher, really knows Egypt and gives a slightly different slant to this grossly underrated woman.

I started off wanting to really like this book, but in the end, I didn't. If you think about it, how much can truly be known about Cleopatra.

Yes, you will get some reporting from the Romans who hated her, but so much is just not known due to the antiquity of the subject. What I truly loathed about this book was describing Cleopatra's life in more modern terms Speculation based o I started off wanting to really like this book, but in the end, I didn't.

Speculation based on generalities at best. I'll give you an example. The author was describing a feast one of many described, and so many of the dishes were alien to whatever we would eat now--some emu stuffed with 30 squab, the Egyptian equivalent of turducken.

One dish mentioned was celery in raisin sauce, and I thought, "Now wouldn't it be a nice aside if she described how that dish was actually made?

I googled it. Sure enough, there is a website at the time of this writing called Nemeton: Home of Ancient Recipes, and they had a recipe for Celery in Raisin sauce--not only the way it would have been made "then," but how you would make it "now.

An equivalent would be half wheat and half ground almonds sea salt to taste Soak the raisins in a combination of sapa and vinegar for at least an hour, until they plump up.

Meanwhile roughly chop the celery, put in a steamer and steam until tender. Drain and pour into a blender. Add the raisins and soaking liquids, blend and serve.

WHEN did Cleopatra eat this dish exactly? Who knows. For all we know she loathed raisins. This book caught my attention when I saw it in the hands of one of my father's colleague.

As, ancient world fascinates me I asked to read this book with the hopes of knowing all that was claimed. But rather it was more like a college text book.

No doubt it was thoroughly researched but I somehow felt, the research was more done on what she may have worn etc. Though I wanted an insight in her living style but too much of everything spoils the fun.

Also, she isn't introduced until the one-third of This book caught my attention when I saw it in the hands of one of my father's colleague. Also, she isn't introduced until the one-third of the book which is wholly dedicated to her ancestors.

The writing was very descriptive but not imaginative as I couldn't picture the ancient Egypt that I wanted to from the words that were written But nevertheless it was an okay read for me.

Sep 16, Erin rated it really liked it. I've always loved Cleopatra, and since my English Teacher is 'encouraging' us to read non-fiction, this seemed like a good place to start.

This was a facinating look at Egypt's last and most famous Pharaoh Who was actually Greek, and most likely a red-head. She was undeniably brilliant she spoke more than 10 languages fluently, and mastered math in her early teens , and, what's more, a woman and a mother of great moralistic-ness is that a word?

View 1 comment. The biography of Cleopatra was a very historical look at one of history's most famous queens. The book was very difficult to get started as it read like a history textbook on the subject.

The author took several chapters to go over Cleopatra's ancestors and then you began to read about the queen. Overall this would be a great resource for a historian, or someone doing a research paper on Cleopatra, however it isn't an enjoyable casual read.

Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake. Apr 01, Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves: history-and-science. A very thorough biography of Cleopatra.

I liked the detail about Egyptian and Roman life. With all the Ptolomies having similar names, she did a good job of keeping the family history relatively clear.

Her analysis of the political climate of the Roman empire and Egypt's relative position was excellent. I read this in e-book format. I really wanted some pictures of things, I don't know if the paper version has pictures.

Apr 04, Kasey rated it it was amazing. Cleopatra is by far one of my favorite historical figures in history. She is often portrayed on a shallow surface as the woman who seduced Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and really not much else to her character.

True, she was known for her seduction abilities, but there is so much more to dare say one of the first feminists. She spoke seven languages, learned Egyptain when all of her previous ancestors didn't care to, and she truly cared for her country and providing the most that she could.

Yes, Cleopatra is by far one of my favorite historical figures in history. Yes, I am an admirer of the woman, that is a given.

This book explains quite a bit about her childhood up to her end days with Mark Antony. Overall a good read and really gives someone an eye opening view to why she did what she did for her children and her country.

An authoritative, detailed, and passionate reexamination of the life and influence of this most famous woman of antiquity, fleshed out with lots of interesting details about religious practices, fashions, and culture.

Nov 08, Barbara Stoner rated it liked it. Joann Fletcher, is a history of probabilities. Fletcher weaves the few known facts about Cleopatra with what scholars and archaeologists have been able to discover about the life, habits, and customs of Egyptians in general and Egyptian royalty in particular at the time.

What Dr. Fletcher does give us is a picture of Egyptian and Roman life in the first century BCE, and a working idea of how Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Antony would probably have fitted into the scene.

And in a scenario with which we are all too familiar, "when hard times come, the blame is shifted to foreigners, to outside influences.

Apr 14, Hal rated it liked it. It seemed like a couple of bios on Cleopatra came out around the same time and I had never thought much about reading one even as much as I like biographies.

I ran across an article that talked about her and it got my interest so I picked out this particular book. The article that mentioned she was probably a polymath and this prompted me in wanting to know more about her.

The book was OK and certainly covered the specifics surrounding the historical events but not as much about her personality a It seemed like a couple of bios on Cleopatra came out around the same time and I had never thought much about reading one even as much as I like biographies.

The book was OK and certainly covered the specifics surrounding the historical events but not as much about her personality and persona, as much as I was looking for in any event.

This could be that not as much is known about her as we might like. I obviously had much to learn because I thought she was Egyptian and I found she was really more of Macedonian origin.

No question she was certainly highly intelligent and capable, in a world where lives of even the powerful could be snuffed out in an instant. Egypt comes across to me as an advanced society for this time as women like Cleopatra could rise to positions of power and respect, something that took many centuries for our own culture to come to grips with.

I found it interesting that the author pointed out her much fabled death by asp was probably myth like much in history and religious origin.

Her speculation was that Cleopatra was fairly advanced on poisons and chemistry of the time to know what and how to apply want she needed to escape nefarious plans of Octavian.

Not a snake bite that fits in more conveniently with the romance of legend. Jul 09, Paul Schulzetenberg rated it liked it. A bit ponderous in the beginning, with an Egyptian version of so-and-so begat so-and-so begat so-and-so, but this book really gets going when Cleo herself enters the scene.

The point of the book is to try to evaluate Cleopatra through the lens of the contemporary sources, and thus try to eliminate the strong anti-Cleopatra bias that many of the later Roman sources have, after Caesar Augustus decided to alter the record to make himself look better.

The book succeeds admirably at this. It is very A bit ponderous in the beginning, with an Egyptian version of so-and-so begat so-and-so begat so-and-so, but this book really gets going when Cleo herself enters the scene.

It is very clearly meticulously researched, with annotations and citations throughout. The approach is also necessarily holistic. This book manages to balance between well-researched and good narrative, and succeeds admirably as an analysis of one of the great rulers.

Left: Cleopatra dressed as a pharaoh and presenting offerings to the goddess Isis , on a limestone stele dedicated by a Greek man named Onnophris, dated 51 BC, and located in the Louvre , Paris.

Main article: Reign of Cleopatra. Further information: Liberators' civil war. Main articles: Donations of Alexandria and Reign of Cleopatra.

Main articles: Battle of Actium and Reign of Cleopatra. Main article: Death of Cleopatra. Further information: Ptolemaic coinage and Ancient Greek coinage.

Further information: Roman historiography , Greek historiography , Latin literature , and Latin poetry. Further information: List of cultural depictions of Cleopatra.

Further information: Ptolemaic coinage , Roman currency , and Ancient Greek coinage. An ancient Roman portrait head , c.

A steel engraving published by John Sartain in left depicting the now lost painted death portrait of Cleopatra, an encaustic painting discovered in in the ancient Roman ruins of the Egyptian temple of Serapis at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Lazio ; [] she is seen here wearing the knotted garment of Isis corresponding with Plutarch 's description of her wearing the robes of Isis , [] as well as the radiant crown of the Ptolemaic rulers such as Ptolemy V pictured to the right in a golden octodrachm minted in — BC.

Further information: Portland Vase. Further information: Medieval art , Medieval literature , Renaissance art , Renaissance literature , and Early Modern literature.

Further information: List of cultural depictions of Cleopatra , History of modern literature , and Egyptomania.

Further information: Ancient Greek literature and Ancient Egyptian literature. Burstein , p. Those in favor of claiming her death occurred on 10 August 30 BC include Roller , pp.

However, Duane W. Roller , relaying Theodore Cressy Skeat , affirms that Caesarion's reign "was essentially a fiction created by Egyptian chronographers to close the gap between [Cleopatra's] death and official Roman control of Egypt under the new pharaoh, Octavian ," citing, for instance, the Stromata by Clement of Alexandria Roller , pp.

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