Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under Ptolemies
Cornell University Press
Publication Date :
1 Jan 2000
Coming to power just before the unstable state was about to be absorbed into an autocratic empire, Cleopatra oversaw not only Egypt's progress as an influential regional power, but also the fragile peace of its ethnically mixed population. Drawing on sources including firsthand accounts, numismatics and Greek, Demotic and hieroglyphic inscriptions, the author of this text looks at the many facets of life under this queen and her dynasty. His use of such sources aims to free the narrative of dependence on later (and usually hostile) Greek and Roman historians. By taking such subjects as funeral customs, language and writing, social class structure, religion and administration, he offers the reader a comprehensive picture of Greek and Egyptian life in both the cities and countryside.