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

By Joann Fletcher

World-Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher bargains an extraordinary examine considered one of history’s so much attention-grabbing leaders—Politician, mom, and Goddess—the mythical Cleopatra.

The topic of fable for greater than millennia, Cleopatra was once a girl of ardour, magnetism, and political genius, the final and maximum Egyptian pharaoh. during this spell binding biography, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher attracts on a wealth of newly came across info and study to bare this important girl as she actually used to be, 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 girl at its heart. A polymath monarch, she used to be additionally a effective blend of traditionalist and innovator, astute adequate to gain what used to be invaluable for Egypt’s endured prosperity and sufficiently ruthless to permit not anything to face in her way.

Yet our figuring out of Cleopatra has been obscured by way of Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood glamour. Cleopatra the Great items jointly the pharaoh’s historical global with information about her sizeable library and notorious banquets, her relationships with either Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her skillful use of favor and elegance to additional her pursuits and her mystique. clever and compulsively readable, this is an remarkable biography necessary of its topic.

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Never able to shed her original designation as a serial fictionist, she continued to be recognized more commonly for her adventure stories, travel narratives, and social columns in San Francisco newspapers than for her attempts at rigorous historical research. ∂≥ Straddling the line between professional and amateur, Victor found herself pleading with academics to fund and review her work while she did research for Bancroft’s Pacific Coast History Series. Unfortunately, her fears that the position might compromise her autonomous reputation as a historian proved warranted.

Unlike earlier domestic writers, she played an active part in negotiating her contracts with publishers and insisted on complete control over artwork, photography, design specifications, and royalty arrangements. Moreover, in academic circles she was compelled to explain that she employed the ‘‘scientific’’ methods of university professionals when the need arose. ’’ Her desire to be the a√ectionate mother yet also the scientific scholar suggests that Earle was in transition much like her historical subjects, seeking legitimacy as a domestic writer of the Victorian age yet also as a public historian of the modern era.

Bolton, the most widely read collective biographer of the time, compiled Lives of Poor Boys Who Became Famous (1885), Famous American Statesmen (1888), and Famous Men of Science (1890). Poor Boys alone sold more than 50,000 copies in its first few years of print, much to the pleasant surprise of publisher Thomas Y. ∫ From Feminine Refinement to Masculine Pursuit 15 Just as women remained anonymous in Bolton’s histories, so did she as a woman historian. Whereas men such as George Bancroft and Francis Parkman had won esteem as ‘‘gentlemen historians’’ in the nineteenth century, women rarely enjoyed the corresponding distinction.

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