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With the entire landscape of her existence eternally misplaced, Cleopatra touches us in a chain of sensational photographs: floating via a perfumed mist down the Nile; dressed as Venus for a tryst at Tarsus; unfurled from a roll of linens prior to Caesar; couchant, the lethal asp clasped to her breast. via such photos, every one immortalizing the Egyptian queen's encounters with mythical Romans--Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian Augustus--we may additionally chart her rendezvous with the future of Rome. So Diana Kleiner exhibits us during this provocative ebook, which opens a wholly new standpoint on probably the most fascinating ladies who ever lived. Cleopatra and Rome finds how those iconic episodes, absorbed right into a higher old and political narrative, rfile a momentous cultural shift from the Hellenistic international to the Roman Empire. during this tale, Cleopatra's dying was once now not an finish yet a beginning--a place to begin for a large choice of appropriations via Augustus and his contemporaries that demonstrated a paradigm for cultural conversion. during this superbly illustrated publication, we event the synthesis of Cleopatra's and Rome's defining moments via surviving artistic endeavors and different remnants of what used to be a plush fabric tradition: spiritual and legit structure, cult statuary, honorary portraiture, villa work, tombstones, and coinage, but in addition the theatrical exhibit of garments, fragrance, and hair styled to perfection for such ephemeral events as triumphal processions or barge cruises. it really is this visible tradition that top chronicles Cleopatra's legend and indicates her refined yet indelible mark at the paintings of imperial Rome on the serious second of its inception. (20051215)

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Her mother, Scribonia, voluntarily accompanied her. While many scholars have accused Livia of encouraging Au- The Supporting Cast 47 gustus to banish his spirited daughter, there is no evidence in the ancient sources that this was in fact the case. On Pandateria, Julia was allowed no luxury, not even wine. Augustus did relent enough to allow her to leave the island for Rhegium on the Italian mainland but, as if her banishment were not enough, Augustus publicly declared through a codicil to his will that, at her death, Julia was not to be buried in the family tomb—the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Ptolemy I, however, quickly acted to turn it into a hallowed shrine and tourist destination. What better way to make Alexandria a magnet than to locate Alexander’s tomb within the city walls? That was easier said than done, however, since Alexander’s corpse was already on its way to Macedon. In a bold move, Ptolemy hijacked the corpse and had it triumphantly transported to Alexandria. Possessing Alexander’s body was like having a magic talisman that would cast its special aura on all subsequent Ptolemies.

Worked tirelessly to maintain his association with her brother, but the two men’s differences widened. : the triumvirate was renewed for another five years. Octavia’s effort was not rewarded, however; Antony left alone for the East and for Cleopatra, by whom he immediately had another son. Never one to miss gaining the strategic upper hand, Octavian put politics over his sister’s marital discord and, in a ploy to embarrass Antony, sent Octavia with troop reinforcements. 2. Octavia was famous surely expected, Antony rejected this gesture and forbade Octavia to for her beauty and her travel beyond Athens.

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