The Cleopatras by Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones ISBN:9781472295170

The Cleopatras by Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

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A thrilling biography, filled with the imperial ambitions and merciless intrigues’ SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE

Cleopatra: lover, seductress, and Egypt’s greatest queen.

A woman more myth than history, immortalized in poetry, drama, music, art, and film.

She captivated Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the two greatest Romans of the day, and died in a blaze of glory, with an asp clasped to her breast – or so the legend tells us.

But the real-life story of the historical Cleopatra VII is even more compelling. She was the last of seven Cleopatras who ruled Egypt before it was subsumed into the Roman Empire. The seven Cleopatras were the powerhouses of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the Macedonian family who ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great. Emulating the practices of the gods, the Cleopatras married their full-blood brothers and dominated the normally patriarchal world of politics and warfare. These extraordinary women keep a close grip on power in the wealthiest country of the ancient world.

Each of the seven Cleopatras wielded absolute power. Their ruthless, single-minded, focus on dominance – generation after generation – resulted in extraordinary acts of betrayal, violence, and murder in the most malfunctional dynasty in history.

Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones offers fresh and powerful insight into the real story of the Cleopatras, and the beguiling and tragic legend of the last queen of Egypt.

Praise for The Cleopatras:

A real treat for those who relish epic histories of family power’ SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE

‘Admirably readable’ ROBIN LANE FOX

‘Unlocks the fascinating history of many queens’ KARA COONEY

‘A vivid account’ ADRIAN DODSON

A remarkable insight into the real story of the seven Queen Cleopatras of Ancient Egypt

About the Author: Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. He has spent extensive time in Egypt, the Middle East and Iran and is a specialist in the histories and cultures of Near Eastern and Hellenistic antiquity and champions a global approach to the study of the ancient world and its reception.

Lloyd has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, in The Times and other media outlets and in many popular podcasts. He has worked closely with the British Museum on major exhibitions. His previous books include Persians: the Age of the Great Kings, Ancient Persia and the Book of Esther, The Hellenistic Court, Sister-Queens in the High Hellenistic Period, Aphrodite’s Tortoise: The Veiled Women of Ancient Greece, and Designs on the Past: How Hollywood Created the Ancient World. He is currently writing a book on the ancient mega-city of Babylon.

Born in Cefn Cribwr, Lloyd lives in Taffs Well, Wales.

09 May 2024

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Regional & national history

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General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

09 May 2024

The Cleopatras by Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones ISBN 9781472295170

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