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What did Egyptians think about Cleopatra?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:36 am    Post subject: What did Egyptians think about Cleopatra? Reply with quote

We all know what the Romans thought: "whore queen". Augustus wanted to plaster-over his civil war with Antony, even though everyone knew the truth of it. The Roman senators realized that declaring war on Egypt didn't make sense ... but Augustus was already too powerful to mess with at that time.

Greeks saw Cleopatra from an international perspective. How did she really affect the Mediterranean world? Other than supplying wheat & papyrus, they didn't see her as significant. Strabo, writing about 20 yrs after her death, gives her about three sentences.

What about the Egyptians themselves? What did they think of her?

In his book, Okasha el Daly talks about how Arab scholars, 100's of years before Champollion, translated every Egyptian hieroglyphic papyri they could find (as well as Greek & Latin). Arab historians, translating Egyptian texts, report Cleopatra as a polyglot (multiple languages), polymath (wide-ranging knowledge across multiple fields), and massive builder.

This webpage follows some of el Daly's citations and provides translations of Arabic texts.
[url]https://www.cleopatrakebab.net/cleopatra-references[/url]

It never ceases to puzzle me that no one knows where she got all the money to do stuff. The empire was bankrupt when her father died. He had been reducing the amount of silver in silver coins to try & hide the fact and squeeze by. Cleopatra did a lot of building & maintained an army and 100's of large Egyptian battleships. Where'd she get the money that was so elusive to her immediate ancestors?
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