A Companion to Greek Architecture provides an expansive overview of the topic, including design, engineering, and construction as well as theory, reception, and lasting impact. She was the Andrew W. She is currently writing a book on fifth century Greek religious architecture. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Undetected country. Jones, , p. Cleopatra was not only charming, but also a skilled negotiator.
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She spoke multiple languages which helped her develop this skill. This is one of the things she became well respected for as the leader of Egypt. Plutarch writes in Life of Antony:.
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Pleasure also came with the tone of her voice; and her tongue was like a many-stringed instrument: she could turn it easily to whichever language she wished and she conversed with few barbarians entirely through an interpreter, and she gave her decisions herself to most of them, including Ethiopians, Troglodytes, Hebrews, Arabians, Syrians, Medes, and Parthians.
She is said to have learned the languages of many others also, although the kings before her did not undertake to learn the Egyptian language, even though some of them had abandoned the Macedonian dialect. Depictions of her beauty aside, her general intelligence was also noted. Cleopatra had many things made in her image. Like most other elites her face was on coinage. On the coin Cleopatra has a hooked nose, which might not be representative of her actual looks.
A statue depicting Cleopatra wearing a wig and a headdress was found, and likely made, in Rome Jones, , p. This shows the extent of her travels and influence over not just Egypt, but the Roman world as well, especially considering her affiliations with Caesar and Mark Antony. Her beauty likely influenced the women of Rome as well. It is theorized that she committed suicide at the age of 39 by allowing an asp to bite her Jones, , p.
This happened a year after losing the Battle of Actium.
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Cleopatra is one of the most famous women from antiquity for good reason. Unfortunately her ability to speak multiple languages, negotiate, and talents as a leader are often cast aside in art and pop culture in favour of more dramatic aspects of her life. These include her beauty, charm, and romantic affiliations, notably with Mark Antony. It seems, based on ancient sources, that the real Cleopatra was more than simply mysterious and charismatic. Her effect on Alexandria and Egypt as a whole is undeniable. Kleiner, D. Cleopatra and Rome.
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