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Signs of Cleopatra: Reading an Icon Historically

Mary Hamer


Cleopatra has been dead for twenty centuries, but her name still resonates in the west. Her story has the status of a foundation myth. As such, artists of all periods have drawn on it in order to raise questions concerned with the world in which they found themselves living. This study chooses a number of key occasions from European history on which writers and painters re-imagined Cleopatra. In doing so it takes the reader on an intellectual treasure hunt through the ages. In addition, by restoring these works to their original context – political, philosophical and aesthetic – the author ope ... More

Keywords: Cleopatra, foundation myth, European history, Egyptian queen, women and power, women and sexuality, desire for knowledge, Tiepolo, post-Revolutionary France, political freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780859898263
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Hamer, author
DuBois Institute, Harvard