By John Whitehorne
Even if there are numerous books written concerning the most renowned Cleopatra, this is often the one examine in English dedicated to her much less famous yet both illustrious namesakes.
Cleopatras lines the turbulent lives and careers of those traditionally vital girls, analyzing particularly the sooner Macedonian and Ptolemaic Cleopatras, and the impression in their dynastic marriages at the background of the Hellenistic global. John Whitehorne additionally evaluates present perspectives of Cleopatra VII's dramatic suicide, and considers the evolving political value of royal girls within the final 3 centuries BC.
Clearly and engagingly written, Cleopatras finds the genuine importance to the ruling dynasties of the 34 recognized Cleopatras who weren't Cleopatra the nice, and illuminates a few interesting yet little-known points of old Greek and Egyptian heritage alongside the best way.
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This was not at all the case with Cleopatra, whom Philip took as his seventh and last wife, probably in the late summer of 337 BC. 3 The niece of Attalus, an ambitious Macedonian aristocrat, Cleopatra was still only a girl when Philip married her, and for once, according to Satyrus, his reason for the marriage was not political. It was because he had fallen passionately in love with her. Cleopatra therefore appears to be the fatal exception to Satyrus’ initial rule that all of Philip’s marriages were politically motivated.
If Philip happened to be killed in battle, they could then raise a rebellion at home in the hope of securing Macedonia before the army returned from Asia Minor. In short, as far as we can see, none of the suspects from the Macedonian royal house had anything to gain from committing such a public act at such an inconvenient time. That leaves the Persian king.
As soon as his back was turned, he would find the whole of the West up in arms behind him. 37 CLEOPATRAS For a moment Philip must have felt that in his infatuation for Cleopatra he had thrown away all the gains that he had laboured so hard over 20 years to achieve. His love for his young wife might indirectly end up costing him not merely his Asian invasion, but also an ally who was still of great value to him. If the worst came to the worst, it might even cost him the western half of his kingdom.
Cleopatras by John Whitehorne