Jean André Rixens, The Death of Cleopatra (1874) - Musée des Augustins
Man-hunting siren, pleasure-seeking glamour girl, viperous menace, or brilliant leader of a war-torn and vulnerable country? How close is the Hollywood Cleopatra to the real thing? And did she really arrive rolled up in a carpet? Or die of an asp bite? Come and find out!
Professor Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include commentaries on Plutarch's Life of Antony (1988) and Life of Caesar (forthcoming) and Literary Texts and the Greek Historian (2000), and he wrote the chapter dealing with Antony and Cleopatra in the revised Cambridge Ancient History.
Professor Pelling will speak at F&M on Monday, April 19, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall.