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Short Description for Cleopatras Although there are many books about the famous Cleopatra, this is the first study in English also devoted to her less well-known, but equally illustrious, namesakes. "Cleopatras" looks at the lives and careers of the most important royal women of that name in the last three centuries BC.
- Published: 05 May 1994
- Format: Hardback 264 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415058063 ISBN 10: 0415058066
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Although there are many books written about the most famous Cleopatra, this is the only study in English devoted to her less well-known but equally illustrious namesakes. Cleopatras traces the turbulent lives and careers of these historically important women, examining in particular the earlier Macedonian and Ptolemaic Cleopatras, and the impact of their dynastic marriages on the history of the Hellenistic world. John Whitehorne also evaluates current views of Cleopatra VII's dramatic suicide, and considers the evolving political significance of royal women in the last three centuries BC. Clearly and engagingly written, Cleopatras reveals the true significance to the ruling dynasties of the 34 known Cleopatras who were not Cleopatra the Great, and illuminates some fascinating but little-known aspects of ancient Greek and Egyptian history along the way.