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Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Januar 2009

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Tyldesley's strength has always been her storytelling, and here she is on top form. Sunday Telegraph This excellent biography scores with a wealth of splendid detail. -- Christopher Hirst Independent Magnificent ... strips away preconceptions to provide a rich, absorbing picture of a country and its Egyptian Queen. Belfast Telegraph A very readable account of the life of Cleopatra VII, and one that goes some way to redress the way in which she is often viewed ... Intriguing insights into life and society in the Egypt of the Ptolemies. THES 4 Stars: [A] sympathetic biography...she is able to place Cleopatra securely in Egyptian culture and history. Mail on Sunday A lively and informative history...The book is a treasure trove of facts and figures... -- Toby Clements Daily Telegraph


She was the last ruler of the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemies who had ruled Egypt for three centuries. Highly educated (she was the only one of the Ptolemies to read and speak ancient Egyptian as well as the court Greek) and very clever (her famous liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony were as much to do with politics as the heart), she steered her kingdom through impossibly taxing internal problems and railed against greedy Roman imperialism. Stripping away preconceptions as old as her Roman enemies, Joyce Tyldesley uses all her skills as an Egyptologist to give us this magnificent biography.

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HASH(0x99f23534) von 5 Sternen Provides a well rounded background 26. Dezember 2008
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I bought this book as an introduction to Cleopatra after watching the Rome mini-series. I wanted to get an idea if the story was accurate. This book provides a great introduction, but left me with the impression that her life is shrouded in mystery. The author often went off on tangents to fill in a complex background that most readers (including myself) are not familiar with. These tangents include Egyptian geneology, the layout of cities, and the history of Egypt. These deviations were generally interesting, but I often found myself wondering how this all fit back into Cleopatra's life, and why they were included.

I found the sections of the book where the author explained the myths surrounding Cleopatra and broke down the possible origins, and debunked them the most interesting. I felt these left the best impression of what her life must have been like, and the complex world she maneuvered in.
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HASH(0x9ba5faec) von 5 Sternen Great book if you want to START learning about Cleopatra 6. September 2008
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As a starting point for learning about Cleopatra, this is a great book. However, if you want to go beyond the basics and what was reported by historians two thousand years ago, I would buy Cleopatra: A Biography by Michael Grant. Grant's book examines Cleopatra's life on a deeper level and with more speculation as to whether this and that might have happened, whereas Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt reports speculation as fact and doesn't examine all facets of disputed events (such as her suicide). Overall, a good book, although given my vast readings on ancient Rome, I do question some of the facts, such as what became of Cleopatra's two surviving sons with Mark Antony.
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HASH(0x9ba5f0b4) von 5 Sternen Review of Tyldesley's 'Cleopatra' 18. Dezember 2010
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This is a fair, thoroughgoing biography of Cleopatra. It considers several aspect of her life, including her relationships with Caesar, Antony and the Ptolemaic family, as well as her impact on Egyptian politics and religion. However, I'm sorry to say this is the worst in a series of excellent ancient Egyptian biographies. Where Tyldesley usually takes a careful look at existing archaeological sites and native texts, this biography is rendered (perhaps appropriately) through an analysis of Greek and Roman written sources. I'm disappointed, in any case, to see that this work is more of a typical biography and less of a Tyldesley biography. I miss her careful fact-finding attitude and detailed analysis of data. However, I wouldn't go so far to say that this work is less than satisfactory.
HASH(0x99bbacc0) von 5 Sternen Good but a little unfocused 7. März 2013
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This is a very readable book about one of the most intriguing figures in world history. Joyce Tyldesley's biography of the last Queen of the Ptolemy dynasty covers all of the key points - the affair with Ceasar, the civil war in Egypt, and the final, fatal attraction with Marc Antony. Anyone reading this book is going to finish it with a good grasp of the basic outlines of Cleopatra's life and the dying days of the Ptolemy dynasty.

Unfortunately, Ms. Tyldesley has decided to write a book that is replete with digressions. She flies through Cleopatra's early life, but then takes two chapters discussing the layout of Alexandria and how Cleopatra actually looked between the birth of Ceasarian and the death of Caesar. There was a point where I despaired of finishing the discussion of diadems and triple uraei and getting back to the compelling story of the ultimate Roman conquest of Egypt.

This book is complimentary towards Cleopatra, but is not a hagiography. Ms. Tyldesley clearly is sympathetic towards her subject, but is clear that Cleopatra was, first and foremost, an ambitious leader in a cruel age. Her affairs with Caesar and Antony are presented as events that served mutual political agendas, and not (as they so often appear in cinema) as the product of lust. Since there is no way to ever know the true nature of the relationships, Ms. Tyldesley's theory is as valid as any other, but those looking for the romance of the age will be disappointed.

The flaws of the book are, at the end of the day, relatively minor. The strengths - Ms. Tyldesley's prose, her setting of the entire episode into the proper historical context, and her willingness to look beyond the sordid Elizabeth Taylor version of history - are significant. This is likely not a book for academics or romantics, but if the general reader can work through the digressions they will find a book worth reading.
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HASH(0x9ba5fa80) von 5 Sternen A Formidable Leader 16. Oktober 2009
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Wonderful insight into Cleopatra's challenges in ruling Egypt. Ms. Tyldesley puts everything in chronological and easy to understand order with how the family relations and current foreign policies affected Cleopatra's decisions to control her kingdom.
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