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Cleopatra the Great: The woman behind the legend

Joann Fletcher

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Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

The first major biography of Cleopatra for over thirty years a gripping, intimate account of the life of an amazing woman.

Cleopatra the Great tells the story of a turbulent time and the extraordinary woman at its centre. She was Greek by descent the last, and greatest, Egyptian pharaoh. But our understanding of her has been obscured by Roman propaganda, Shakespearean tragedy and Hollywood, with little attempt to tell her true story until now.
In the first biography for over thirty years, Joann Fletcher draws on a wealth of overlooked detail and the latest research to reveal Cleopatra as she truly was, from her first meeting with Julius Caesar to her legendary death by snakebite.
Bringing the ancient world to life, Cleopatra the Great is full of tantalising details about the Pharaoh s infamous banquets, her massive library, her goddess outfits, beauty regimes and hairstyles. Joann Fletcher discovers the real woman behind the myth.

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Praise for Cleopatra the Great: The woman behind the legend

  • The biggest discovery since Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon unearthed Tutankhamun in 1922 - The Sunday Times on Joann Fletcher's discovery of Nefertiti's remains

  • this is a wonderfully entertaining and persuasive read. - Tribune

  • The biggest discovery since Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon unearthed Tutankhamun in 1922 - The Sunday Times on Joann Fletcher's discovery of Nefertiti's remains

  • this is a wonderfully entertaining and persuasive read. - Tribune

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Joann Fletcher

Professor Joann Fletcher is based in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, where she teaches world mummification and funerary archaeology. She is also Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts and archaeology advisor to Barnsley and Wigan museums. Joann is the author of nine books and numerous articles including contributions to the BBC's History website. Among her many television appearances, the follow-up programme to 'The Search For Nefertiti' (televised as 'Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret') won a BAFTA, a Royal Television Society Award and an Association for International Broadcasting Award. She wrote and presented 'Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings' and 'Egypt's Lost Queens' for BBC2, and has recently completed a four-part series on the history of ancient Egypt again for BBC2.