{Free Audiobooks} Cleopatra: Last Queen of EgyptAuthor Joyce A. Tyldesley – Cekhargaproduk.co

The Romans Regarded Her As Fatale Monstrum A Fatal Omen Pascal Said The Shape Of Her Nose Changed The History Of The World Shakespeare Portrayed Her As An Icon Of Tragic Love But Who Was Cleopatra, Really Cleopatra Was The Last Ruler Of The Macedonian Dynasty Of Ptolemies Highly Intelligent, She Spoke Many Languages And Was Rud To Be The Only Ptolemy To Read And Speak Egyptian Her Famous Liaisons With Julius Caesar And Mark Antony Had As Much To Do With Politics As The Heart Ruthless In Dealing With Her Enemies, Many Within Her Own Family, Cleopatra Steered Her Kingdom Through Difficult Times, And Very Nearly Succeeded In Creating An Eastern Empire To Rival The Growing Might Of RomeHer Story Was Well Documented By Her Near Contemporaries, And The Tragic Tale Of Contrasts And Oppositions The Seductive But Failing Power Of Ancient Egypt Versus The Virile Strength Of Modern Rome Is So Familiar We Almost Feel That We Know Cleopatra But Our Picture Is Highly Distorted Cleopatra Is Often Portrayed As A Woman Ruled By Emotion Rather Than Reason A Queen Hurtling Towards Inevitable Self Destruction But These Tales Of Seduction, Intrigue, And Suicide By Asp Have Obfuscated Cleopatra S True Political GeniusStripping Away Our Preconceptions, Many Of Them As Old As Egypt S Roman Conquerors, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley Offers A Magnificent Biography Of A Most Extraordinary Queen


10 thoughts on “Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt

  1. says:

    This book is a solid biography of Cleopatra, appreciating her cleverness and ability as a politician, and examining how the world at the time reacted to her It s perhaps a little drier than people would hope how could you make Cleopatra so academic, when she s such a colourful figure Well, I don t mind that at all, and I enjoyed the way it contextualised her achievements and dissected the myths surrounding her It delves into the background of her rule and her city, as well, giving a picture of Egypt under the Ptolemies.I ve enjoyed other books by Tyldesley before, and though it s not one of my areas of expertise, I have found her books well written, referenced and clear That s than I can say for some other Egyptologists who write for the pop history crowd Other than that, I don t have much basis to make a judgement, but I found this one enjoyable.Originally posted here.


  2. says:

    I love Egyptian history especially history on women which there isn t a lot of information on What I liked about this book was that the author pointed out all of the inaccuracies of Cleopatra s supposed life that we ve been told or read about in books The author takes the approach of a skeptic from everything like Cleopatra s ethnicity was she black was she white to the father of her eldest son The author points out all of the possibilities and then based on her education and experience makes her observation Because there isn t a ton of accurate information on Cleopatra, the book talks about other women, political systems in Rome, warfare, etc Basically stuff I wasnt all that interested in But if you like Cleopatra, strong women or a good read,I do recommend.


  3. says:

    This is a good biography of Cleopatra Tydesley does not really contribute anything new about Cleopatra per se though she offers a good analysis for the major areas of debate however, the book does give background material about Cleopatra s family and her Egypt that one does not usually see in most Cleopatra biographies This gives the reader a better view of the Cleopatra herself as well as the Egypt of her times, an Egypt that is not presented though Roman eyes.


  4. says:

    This was a kick bootie read with a lot of in depth information about Cleopatra, as well as her extensive family background and the Egypt of her time My only issue is that often the author failed to keep in minds readers unfamiliar with the Egyptian terms and various architectural terminology All in all, fascinating.


  5. says:

    On a wild hair something I never do when it comes to reading , I stopped my current book and picked up something completely different, purely because I got interested in it It wasn t a long read, but it was challenging The writing itself was not difficult to understand, but the repeated names as royalty do and all the intermarrying and divorces and murders and children all over the place was increasingly confusing to follow I don t even know how these people kept track of themselves, much less how anyone who has studied them, whether professionally, academically, or like myself merely out of curiosity, can ever keep them all straight Non fiction has a tendency to be textbook dry, but relatively speaking, this wasn t so bad It was a quick read, at any rate, so that helped I did especially like the Who Was Who section after the chapters, as well as the Introduction Nonetheless, an interesting dip into a royal family of Egypt and what is possible to know or surmise about one of history s well known individuals Cleopatra VII the Cleopatra typically being referred to when someone casually mentions Cleopatra.


  6. says:

    I love Cleopatra I am absolutely fascinated by her and pretty devour any fact about her I can She is truly one of the most amazing, mysterious, and intelligent women in our planet s history, and its so frustrating how much we really don t know thanks to efforts to erase her legacy thanks, Romans Biographers have their work cut out for them when trying to piece together whatever they can of Cleopatra s life and I think the author makes a really good, solid attempt here.Tyldesley s book is not my favorite Cleopatra biography see Stacy Schiff s book but I do appreciate how she works hard to 1 create context for all of the characters and 2 how she presents certain truths in order to then dismantle and or offer a likely version of events For example, she discusses at length the obnoxious analysis presented by Plutarch of Cleopatra s actions and makes it pretty clear he is an unreliable narrator at best especially reporting years later I also really like how she tries to give Cleopatra s family their due time, particular her sisters who we know even less about sadly.Overall, solid biography that any fan like myself will likely enjoy.


  7. says:

    2.5 starsOverall a decent biography on Cleopatra but not without its faults I do feel as though it was written in an approachable manner If I were not such a Cleophile I may have enjoyed this , but I often found the approach to Cleopatra a bit off putting for my preference Also, as with many biographies for this and similar time periods, there were far too many tangents Tyldesley would often get sidetracked by something she noted and spend up to a numerous pages on it, only to immediately go back to the topic at hand like nothing happened which can be discombobulating Unfortunately these tangents also often added nothing to the topic of Cleopatra overall Ultimately I could not pinpoint Tyldesley s opinion on Cleopatra, possibly because she cannot determine it herself Tyldesley would seem to waffle as to whether she believed the propaganda in some aspects, only to defend Cleopatra in other aspects especially in the last chapter History Becomes Legend.Tyldesley also likes to write what I call complinsults throughout the novel One such complinsult comes on page 4 That she was an ambitious and ruthless queen is obvious from even the most superficial examination of her life, although the extent of her ruthlessness tends to be hidden in the popular histories, which gloss over the murder of her sister and almost certainly her brother while concentrating on her love life That Cleopatra, living in an age of highly unstable governments, chose to form personal alliances with individually powerful Romans should be seen as sensible intelligent rather than a weak emotional decision and love , as in any dynastic match, may have had very little to do with it Tyldesley seemed to enjoy using the word ruthless , it was a common word used for the individuals highlighted in the book At one point she states Cleopatra III was, even by Ptolemaic standards, a particularly ruthless woman Unfortunately the information Tyldesley then proceeds to bring forth about Cleopatra s ancestor did not sound terribly ruthless to me Perhaps I am ruthless myself and could not see it in this aspect doubtful, but maybe , but Tyldesley frequently made broad statements such as this and proceeded not to support them Antony was also oddly treated by Tyldesley, such as on page 150 It is important to see through this propaganda and to remember that Antony was not only a bluff, naive, simple fellow he was also an extremely ambitious and capable man Interestingly Tyldesley uses characteristics of Antony that were possibly sourced from propaganda naive fellow and such in the same breath as telling people to look past propaganda This doesn t work for me.There were a number of passages that irritated me or did not work for me such as the Antony one above But overall as an introductory NF to Cleopatra it wasn t bad, but it could have been better Fewer tangents would have been helpful I also would have liked to see either a neutral but interested stance taken by Tyldesley or, preferably, a stance that proved enthusiastic for this topic Ultimately I never felt Tyldesley genuinely enjoyed the topic at hand unless it was the tangential data.


  8. says:

    heheheheh a comb over for Julius.NEW BBC Radio Audiobiography The Romans regarded her as fatale monstrum , a female Saddam Hussein Pascal said the shape of her nose changed the history of the world Shakespeare and Tiepolo and Elizabeth Taylor portrayed her as an icon of tragic beauty But who was Cleopatra, really She was the last ruler of the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemies who had ruled Egypt for three centuries Highly educated she was the only one of the Ptolemies to read and speak ancient Egyptian as well as the court Greek and very clever her famous liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony were as much to do with politics as the heart , she steered her kingdom through impossibly taxing internal problems and against greedy Roman imperialism Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as her Roman enemies, Joyce Tyldesley uses all her skills as an Egyptologist to give us a rich picture of a country and its Egyptian queen in this magnificent biography.Read by Haydn Gwynne.


  9. says:

    An excellent overview written by a thoughtful, but easily readable historian I got a little lost with some of the descriptions of how Greek and Egyptian dieties, pharaohs and kings were intermingled and associated, but I got the feeling that there are precious few people who have a handle on all of that I also found the interrelationships amongst the Ptolemaic kings, and their lack of imagination in the child naming department fascinating.I appreciated how Tyldesly introduced several of the legends actual and Hollywood ized surrounding Cleopatra, discussing the sources and likelihood of each eg., appearing before Caesar wrapped in a rug, dissolving a pearl in wine and drinking it, being bitten on the breasts by two asps , without ridiculing or poo pooing various scenarios The result is a balanced introduction to a very intriguing personage about whom we know very little.Throughout the book I was reminded how much I think of this time period in terms of movies I ve seen I kept thinking of Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison and the cast of HBO s Rome I had to keep reminding myself to get those images out of my head This book helped.


  10. says:

    I had no idea Cleopatra had four children Interesting to read how Romans made the details of her life into useful propaganda for their own interests Quite a bit of the author s accounts of Egyptian women s lives and the mixed ethnic groups in Egypt during the late Ptolemy period were new to me.