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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 analyses Eugene Delacroix's Cleopatra and the Peasant and Théophile Gautier's ‘Une nuit de Cléopâtre’ in offering an image of Cleopatra for revolutionary France. It notes that at the height of the French Revolution, Cleopatra's image resonated in the execution, or the matricide by the people of France, of Marie-Antoinette, which haunted the country through the daily newspaper. The chapter also attempts to register the overlapping images made by communal fantasy and symbol of the revolutionary period, made from the figure of Cleopatra.

Keywords:   Eugene Delacroix, Théophile Gautier, nuit de Cléoptâre, Cleopatra, France, French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette

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