Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend by Joann Fletcher

By Joann Fletcher

World-Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher deals an unprecedented examine one among history’s so much interesting leaders—Politician, mom, and Goddess—the mythical Cleopatra.

The topic of fantasy for greater than millennia, Cleopatra used to be a lady of ardour, magnetism, and political genius, the final and maximum Egyptian pharaoh. during this enchanting biography, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher attracts on a wealth of newly chanced on info and study to bare this very important lady as she really was once, from her first assembly with Julius Caesar to her mythical demise via snakebite.

Cleopatra the Great tells the tale of a turbulent time and the extreme lady at its heart. A polymath monarch, she was once additionally a powerful mixture of traditionalist and innovator, astute sufficient to gain what was once worthy for Egypt’s endured prosperity and sufficiently ruthless to permit not anything to face in her way.

Yet our knowing of Cleopatra has been obscured by means of Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood glamour. Cleopatra the Great items jointly the pharaoh’s historic international with information about her sizeable library and notorious banquets, her relationships with either Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her skillful use of style and magnificence to extra her targets and her mystique. clever and compulsively readable, this is an remarkable biography useful of its topic.

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14 It is a curious thing for a strong-minded woman to proclaim in this way her debt to her father, as if she was no more than his echo. In fact she exaggerated the extent of her fidelity to Alfred’s teaching – presumably to divert attention from the important respects in which she had abandoned it. Once she had got away from Grantham and embarked upon her own career she quickly adopted a style of life and political values a world away from his spartan ethic. Symbolically, she abandoned her parents’ church and gravitated to the Church of England.

No one she met at Oxford directly helped her or advanced her career; but having been President of OUCA gave her a standing at Central Office which helped her on to the candidates’ list. What Oxford did not give her was a liberal education. She did not mix very widely or open herself to new views or experiences. She arrived in Oxford with her political views already settled and spent four years diligently confirming them. Undoubtedly her scientific training gave her a clarity and practicality of thought very different from the wishful woolliness of much arts and social science thinking.

Though she attended weekend conferences, cultivated her contacts and practised her speaking, it was too soon to start looking for a constituency. She did not even apply to go on the Central Office list of prospective candidates. One would like to know what her imagined timetable was, how long she intended staying with BX Plastics before starting to read for the Bar, her next objective. As it was she had a lucky break. She attended the 1948 party conference at Llandudno – not as a representative from Colchester, but representing the Oxford University Graduates Association.

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