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Lecture: Cleopatra: How much Egyptian?


Saturday December 14th 2019 2.00 pm
By Professor Alan Lloyd
Venue: Coronation Hall


Professor Alan Lloyd

With the possible exception of Nefertiti Cleopatra is the best known of all Egyptian queens, but, whilst the Egyptian credentials of Nefertiti are indisputable, those of Cleopatra are complex. In cinema portrayals and the like she is usually heavily Egyptianised, obviously for visual effect, but the extent to which this actually happened is open to question. This paper will discuss her dialogue with Egyptian culture and the extent to which that was used against her by her Roman enemies.


Alan Lloyd is President of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society and the Egypt Exploration Society. He retired in 2006 from his post as Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Swansea. He participated in EES excavations at North Saqqara in 1972–3 and with the Society's Saqqara Epigraphic Survey which began work in 1976 on a series of Old Kingdom tombs in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery. Professor Lloyd is an authority on the writings of the historian Herodotus and has an extensive publication record. He has served as Editor of the EES Excavation Memoirs and edited the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology from 1979 to 1985. Recent publications include A Companion to Ancient Egypt, 2 vols (editor and part author) 2010, Ancient Egypt: State and Society, 2014, and a chapter on the Ptolemaic period in the Paul Getty exhibition catalogue entitled Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World, 2018.

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