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Mary Hamer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898263

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898263.001.0001

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Signs of Cleopatra

Mary Hamer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the earliest representations of Cleopatra and places them in the clash between Roman and Egyptian culture. It aims to create a new position that will avoid the point of view which defines Egyptian culture as something mysterious and exotic. The chapter then analyses some historicised ideas related to gender distinction and family organisation. It also highlights Roman Emperor Octavian's attempt to take over the influence left by Cleopatra and use it as the foundation of his authority as the Roman Emperor.

Keywords:   representations of Cleopatra, Roman culture, Egyptian culture, gender distinction, family organisation, Octavian

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