- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Profile Books Ltd; Auflage: Main (8. Januar 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1861979010
- ISBN-13: 978-1861979018
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 631.619 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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.