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Cleopatra: The Historical and Literary Queen Term Paper

… Cleopatra: The Historical and Literary Queen

Everyone has heard the name Cleopatra. For over two millennia now, Cleopatra's name has been synonymous with the ultimate in beauty, glamour, seduction, and feminine wiles. Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen who committed suicide by allowing an asp to bite her arm rather than submitting to a humiliating Roman defeat, has spent the centuries since her death gaining a reputation for being a seductress, a temptress, and the most beautiful woman of her time. It is not surprising that she would be thought of as such. Contemporary writers who actually saw her, spoke with her, or knew her, have painted a picture of a woman whose beauty had no rival, a woman so gorgeous that the ruler of the greatest…. [read more]

Ancient as Egypt Title IX Research Paper

… 32). However, this does suggest that she became ruler only after a male heir was unavailable or proved unsuccessful in the role. Furthermore, simply examining her title suggests that, while Egypt would tolerate and even embrace a female ruler, it was not established for a matriarchal or even a gender-neutral hereditary aristocracy, but, rather, a male-dominated one. For example, Sobekneferu proclaimed herself the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, not the queen of the same region (Hawass, p.32). She was aware that she was filling a traditionally male role and she did not try to change that to a gender-friendly designation as queen. That does not mean that her leadership was questioned or that she was considered a lesser ruler because of her gender; historians…. [read more]

Cleopatra of Egypt Research Paper

… Prudence Jones theorizes that one of the reasons for the queens theatricality was to overcome language barriers in her nation and also to appear in a position of authority. "By using ritual and spectacle to convey the message, Cleopatra found yet another way to transcend barriers of language and culture" (20). To some however, this pageantry was more pomposity than a matter of royal pride or an attempt at understanding.

The people of Rome were becoming more and more concerned about the influence this foreign queen who they dubbed the reincarnation of Isis. Their leader Octavian was equally weary of the Egyptian queen and began to break apart the relationship between the Emperor and Mark Antony. Antony attempted to battle Octavian, but his followers were…. [read more]

Job, Jonah Essay

… Job, Jonah, Egypt


The Book of Job is subject to disagreement over the date of its composition, although Hartley in the Eerdmans commentary notes that its relation to other Old Testament books justifies "placing this work in the seventh century B.C." (Hartley 20). The author of the book is not identified. The genre of the book is wisdom literature, although unlike other wisdom books in the Old Testament (like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes), Job has an overall framing narrative told in prose, while the main body of the text are speeches in Hebrew poetry. The basic subject, though, is why bad things happen to good people -- a standard subject in theology, built on the question of how to justify God's ways…. [read more]

Major Theme in the Play Antony and Cleopatra Research Paper

… ¶ … Cynicism vs. Idealism in Antony and Cleopatra

Of all of Shakespeare's plays, Antony and Cleopatra is the one that most dramatically reveals the battle between cynicism and idealism. In the play, Shakespeare uses Rome as a symbol for cynicism, which he frequently refers to as politics, and Egypt to refer to the notions of idealism. This conflict between Rome and Egypt makes up the central conflict of the play and drives the characters towards most of their actions. "Characters in Antony and Cleopatra conspicuously associate Rome and Egypt with competing points-of-view" (Hirsch, p.175). This is despite the fact that, obviously, Romans are capable of idealism and Egyptians capable of realism. Though Egypt did not have the same impact on European history that Rome…. [read more]

Figures of Legend in History Thesis

… Figures of legend in history often take on proportions which may be
less a reflection of the actual characteristics of these folklored
individuals as they are a reflection of the purposes of history's authors.
The icons who ruled over their people and the groundbreakers that stand out
as nexus points in evolution are remembered by more than just their factual
legacies. Beyond that, they are recalled with pointed romanticism or
intentional vilification, the subject of debate, adoration, art, literature
and pop culture, their images shaped by the needs of the venue, the
interests of the historian or the desires of liberal artistry. Such is to
say that history is a sort of self-reflexive mythology, and that its
figures, rather than serving as eminent examples of…. [read more]

Male and Female Essay

… ¶ … male and female has been a defining constant for mankind and humanity ever since its birth and famous couples have concentrated the entire sex war, the immense complexity of the conflict between sexes, of the way a man and a woman could generate the immense energy that could give birth both to creation and creating processes, cultural, artistic or intellectual, and potential negative, destructive forces, evil and malefic influences.

Among the famous couples of history, couples like Frida and Diego Rivera or Anthony and Cleopatra created passions, although, eventually, were broken apart either by distrust, jealousy or external factors and conditions, like foreign invasions and an oppressive society. Many of these couples, despite an incredible existing passion at almost all phases of their…. [read more]

High Degree of Misinformation Essay

… Discuss the changes.

Prior to taking this course, in many ways I considered Christianity to be a static religion. I had not given thought to the notion that Christianity changed rapidly in the first few centuries of its practice. I noticed several critical changes in the practice of Christianity in the first century AD and its later practice. The first change was the idea of a Christ centered church with Jesus as the only leader. The second change was the idea of a church with multiple elders to focusing power on a single leader. The third change was the idea that church leadership should remain local to the shifting of power to leaders located away from the church's physical area. The fourth change was a…. [read more]

Roman Republic Term Paper

… At that time, and throughout the history of the empire, the wealthiest territories and largest cities (except Rome) were in the east, which was and remained a Greek-Hellenistic culture rather than a Latin one. Even then, Octavian-Augustus did not proclaim himself emperor, but merely first citizen and first counsel. Throughout the Early Empire, up to the point when the emperors relocated the capital from Rome, there remained an influential group of conservative aristocrats who looked backward to a restoration of the Republic. Among these were historians like Tacitus and Suetonius, whose portraits of the early emperors could hardly have been less flattering.


In considering the Late Roman Republic, there would be a wide variety of primary and secondary sources from which to choose.…. [read more]

Jewish Monotheism Historians of Judaism Research Paper

… Of course the deification of Julius Caesar by the Roman Senate had earlier occurred before the Second Triumvirate had broken down -- both Augustus and Mark Antony would join to pay homage at the shrine of the newly deified Caesar before their relations devolved into Civil War. Yet Caligula's demand that a statue of himself be placed in the temple at Jerusalem represented a fundamental error in the Roman understanding of Jewish monotheism. This is perhaps chiefly derived from the fact that Greek and Roman polytheism maintained a tradition of religious syncretism, in which foreign cults were easily accepted. (The acceptance of Judaism as a cult, through Christianity, is testament to this, but Romans of the period also imported various other eastern cults, including Mithraism,…. [read more]

Ishtar Gate, Karnak, Luxor Temple, and Ancient Buildings Literature Review

… History Of Construction of 10 Buildings of Ancient Civilization

Construction of the Ishtar Gate (ca. 575 BC)

The Ishtar Gate is for the most parts of the spectacular finds from earliest Babylonia (Babylon and the Ishtar Gate, 2010). The Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate leading into the inner city of Babylon. It was ordered to be built in about 575 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north region of the city. Devoted to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the gate was built of blue glazed tiles with sporadic rows of dragons and aurochs. According to the dedication plaque, the cover and doors of the gate were made of cedar. Even though the gate ran the Processional Way, the wall was covered in lions on…. [read more]

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