Text of Victorian children's book Cleopatra by Jacob Abbott (1851, this is probably from a later edition). Includes lengthy, source-uncritical and sexist moralizing:
"It is the characteristic of pure and lawful love to soften and subdue the heart, and infuse a gentle and quiet spirit into all its action; while that which breaks over the barriers that God and nature have marked out for it, tends to make woman masculine and bold, to indurate all her sensibilities, and to destroy that gentleness and timidity of demeanor which have so great an influence in heightening her charms. Cleopatra was beginning to experience these effects."
Amazon. Cleopatra by Jacob Abbott.
Biography of Jacob Abbott by Deidre Johnson.
Amazon. Cleopatra's Wedding Present: Travels Through Syria by Robert Tewdwr-Moss. This book doesn't really have all that much to do with Cleopatra, but it looks good. One blurber writes "[This] intense, evocative account … has acquired its near-mythical status by stealth and word of mouth." Going deeper I find that the author was murdered in London the day after he finished this book.
Review on the Syria-news page of GlobalGayz. Ecstatic.
Amazon. Cleopatra's Nose : Essays on the Unexpected by Daniel J. Boorstin. This is not, of course, a book about Cleopatra (the name comes from Pascal's quip that, if her nose had been shorter, history would have followed a different path), but about the role of accidental and trivial factors in history.
A very impressive list of Cleopatra links and resources (many broken now) from the wonderful site Shakespeare in Europe. The list includes translations of Antony and Cleopatra into various European languages. Author unknown, from the University of Basel.
"Cleopatra the Stout" by Ben Greenman, a website-only "Web Sightings" piece of the New Yorker (May 2001).
"Cleopatra Inmortal" by Christian Jacq, Magazine (yes, the name of the magazine is magazine). Spanish thoughts on Cleopatra and her image
Popularizing French web biography by André Phaneuf, who notes her impact on culture and writes Cette fois-ci, son triomphe est total.
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to Art of the Ancient World, is a wonderful collection of resources, many interactive. For example, here's a nice little movie about "interactive guide to the Ancient Art Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago." Also available in Ancient Coinage and here's one about Alexander the Great. The title is just that howeverthere's not much about our Cleopatra.
Cleopatra Records Club music maybe? a classic stupid Flash site. No, I don't want to wait 30 seconds (on a cable connection) to get information about your products, nor do I appreciate you crashing my browser. They don't even know enough to make their entry page search-engine friendlythe title showing up as "intro" in Google. I wonder how much this elegant disaster cost them? Twits.
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