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Cleopatra’s Artifice

Marina Belozerskaya

in Medusa’s Gaze

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739318
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.003.0001

Series: Emblems of Antiquity

Cleopatra’s Artifice

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The Tazza was most likely carved in ancient Alexandria for the Ptolemaic court. Although we do not know whether Cleopatra may have commissioned it, this chapter discusses the Queen of Egypt, her ambitions, and her use of such objects as the Tazza as part of her political propaganda in dealing with Rome and particularly with Caesar and Antony. The chapter also discusses cameo carving and the imagery depicted on the bowl.

Keywords: sardonyx; cameo carving; Alexandria; Cleopatra; Julius Caesar; Marc Antony; Octavian/Augustus; luxury; Egypt; Rome

Chapter.  7134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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