In an unparalleled biography, Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher draws on a wealth of overlooked detail and the latest research to reveal Cleopatra to students as she truly was, from her first meeting with Julius Caesar to her legendary death by snakebite. Fletcher also explodes a series of long-standing myths and addresses her heritage, with some exciting results.
Cleopatra the Great tells the story of a turbulent time and the extraordinary woman at its center. Until now, our understanding of Cleopatra has been obscured by Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy, and Hollywood, with little attempt to tell her true story.
Bringing the ancient world to life, Cleopatra the Great is full of tantalizing details about the Pharaoh’s infamous banquets and massive library, her reputation as a magician, her relationships with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, and her skillful use of goddess outfits, beauty regimes, hairstyling, and face veiling. In this absorbing, stunning biography, Dr. Joann Fletcher discovers the real woman behind the myth.