By John Whitehorne
Even supposing there are lots of books written in regards to the most famed Cleopatra, this can be the one learn in English dedicated to her much less recognized yet both illustrious namesakes.
Cleopatras lines the turbulent lives and careers of those traditionally vital ladies, reading specifically the sooner Macedonian and Ptolemaic Cleopatras, and the impression in their dynastic marriages at the heritage of the Hellenistic global. John Whitehorne additionally evaluates present perspectives of Cleopatra VII's dramatic suicide, and considers the evolving political importance of royal ladies within the final 3 centuries BC.
Clearly and engagingly written, Cleopatras finds the real value to the ruling dynasties of the 34 recognized Cleopatras who weren't Cleopatra the nice, and illuminates a few attention-grabbing yet little-known elements of historic Greek and Egyptian historical past alongside the way in which.
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He also went himself to Alexander’s private quarters and gave him a severe dressing-down in the presence of one of his son’s own companions, telling him that the marriage was unworthy of him. Hardly the sort of conduct to endear a father to even the most placid of teenagers, which Alexander surely was not. No doubt all that Philip had to say to Alexander was true. But what had enraged him so much was not the prospect of having a ‘barbarian’ and a ‘Persian slave’ as an in-law. After all he had been quite ready to tolerate a match between his elder son Arrhidaeus and the Carian princess.
At Pella he established a splendid court to which he would later attract the leading lights of the Greek artistic and literary world, among them the famed painter Zeuxis and the tragedians Agathon and Euripides. As for the Athenians, we find that after their defeat at Syracuse in 413 BC they needed Archelaus more than he needed them. He and his children were granted honorary Athenian citizenship for their ser vices in making Macedonian materials and facilities available to Athens’ shipwrights, but Athenian gratitude also took a more tangible form.
Ironically the crown finally came to rest with neither branch but with the only other line of descent from Alexander I which still survived. The king who came to the throne in 394/3 BC, after a year which saw three kings of Macedon come and go in quick succession, was Amyntas III, the grandson of Alexander I’s fifth and last son Amyntas. From that time onwards until the final break31 CLEOPATRAS up of Alexander the Great’s empire at the end of the fourth century BC, it was this branch of the family that would provide most, if not all, of Macedon’s rulers, including her two greatest kings, Philip II (359–336 BC) and Alexander the Great (336–323 BC).