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Cleopatra's Daughter - and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era (Duane W Roller) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780190618827
Cleopatra's Daughter - and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era (Duane W Roller) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780190618827
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Title: Cleopatra's Daughter - and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era

Author: Roller, Duane W

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780190618827

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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The Roman emperor Augustus gave his name to the age he dominated, from the latter half of the first century BC until the second decade of the following century. Yet he shared the age with several royal women who ruled parts of the Mediterranean world, in a symbiotic relationship with Rome. This book is the first detailed portrait of these remarkable women. Previous accounts of the period have centered on Augustus or Rome's allied kings, with scant attention to the women who ruled as their partners or on their own.

The most famous of these is Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of the great Cleopatra VII of Egypt and her partner, the Roman magistrate Marcus Antonius. Her very survival following Roman victory over her mother's forces is itself noteworthy but she went on to rule Mauretania (northwest Africa) with her husband for more than twenty years. She even attempted to reconstitute her mother's legacy in this remote region and, like her mother, was an ardent patron of the arts and scholarship. Other women of note included in this book are Pythodoris of Pontos, who ruled northern Asia Minor for forty years, and Salome of Judaea, the sister of Herod the Great, who, while never queen, exercised significant power for nearly half a century. These and others--Glaphyra of Cappadocia, Dynamis of Bosporos, Abe of Olbe, and Mousa of Parthia-were all part of the interrelated dynasties of the Augustan Age. Their values and attitudes toward rule directly affected the emergent Roman imperial system, and their legacy survived for centuries through their descendants and the goals of the royal women of Rome, such as Livia and Octavia, the wife and sister of Augustus. Assimilating all of the historical and archaeological evidence, Cleopatra's Daughter recovers these extraordinary women from the dim shadows of the ancient past.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Illustrations

Genealogical Chart

Introduction

Chapter 1: Queens and Royal Women

Chapter 2: Cleopatra's Daughter

Chapter 3: Glaphyra of Cappadocia

Chapter 4: Salome of Judaea

Chapter 5: Dynamis of Bosporos

Chapter 6: Pythodoris of Pontos

Chapter 7: Abe of Olbe and Mousa of Parthia

Chapter 8: Royal Women and Roman Women

Appendix 1: A Note on Flavius Josephus and Nikolaos of

Damascus

Appendix 2: The Girl Who Danced for the Head of John the

Baptist

Notes

Abbreviations

Bibliography

List of Passages Cited

Index

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