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Make your own Cleopatra costume! from costume advisors / kid's site 13 Pumpkin Avenue.


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.

Teaching and Preaching: Jacob Abbott Etexts from Authors and Books for Children.'s "Cleopatra Temple" with pirated text and risible religious message. The links section was useful.

Other books

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.

Link lists

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).

Foreign language

"Cleopatra Inmortal" by Christian Jacq, Magazine (yes, the name of the magazine is magazine). Spanish thoughts on Cleopatra and her image Translate

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 however—there'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 friendly—the title showing up as "intro" in Google. I wonder how much this elegant disaster cost them? Twits.

Pop group Cleopatra.

Bottom of the heap

Quellenforchung this! Crappy essay larded with Amazon links (for affiliate money). Also found on this and this essay mill.

LibraryThing: Catalog your books online.

If you enjoy this site you may also like these other sites by me:

Ancient Library. Exciting new project to put dozens of classical dictionaries and other works online.

Alexander the Great on the Web. Links to over 1000 images and 200 images of Alexander.

Genghis Khan on the Web. Comprehensive directory of resources about the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan.

Angels on the Web. Angels in religion, culture and art. With over 550 images.