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Cleopatra: Fact to Fiction, From Film to Fashion – clip

Amanda Hallay / LIM College

Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile. Cleopatra: Egypt’s last great pharaoh. Cleopatra: feminist icon of the ancient world, or hedonistic harlot who ended an empire? Synonymous with pyramids, temples, hieroglyphs, and a lot of gold jewelry, every cliché associated with Ancient Egypt has found its place in the myth of Cleopatra. In reality, the woman herself lived two thousand years after the last pyramid was built. And, as a Ptolemaic Greek with both political and romantic attachments to Rome, Cleopatra most probably dressed not in the black wigs and gold headdresses we associate with her filmic depictions, but in the Greco-Roman style of the period.

Amanda Hallay

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