Dee L. Clayman's Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Women in PDF

By Dee L. Clayman

Berenice II (c. 264-221 BCE), daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and spouse of Ptolemy III Euergetes, got here to embrace the entire key spiritual, political, and inventive beliefs of Ptolemaic Alexandria. even though she arrived there approximately friendless, with the taint of homicide round her, she turned the most comprehensive and strong of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the good. She was once on the heart of a gaggle of significant poets and intellectuals linked to the Museum and Library, now not the least of which used to be Callimachus, crucial poet of the age. those males wrote poems not only for her, yet approximately her, and their eloquent voices projected her air of secrecy largely around the Greek-speaking global. notwithstanding the variety of Berenice's pursuits was once awesome and the volume and caliber of the poetry she encouraged exceptional, this present day she is all yet recognized. Assimilating the scant and scattered proof of her lifestyles, Dee L. Clayman offers a girl who used to be extra robust and interesting than we had formerly imagined. Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt offers a portrait of a lady who had entry to the cultural riches of either Greece and Egypt and who navigated her approach rigorously in the course of the possibilities and risks they offered, finally utilizing them to accrue exceptional honors that have been all yet equivalent to these of the king.

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