Cleopatra VII, ‘the shame of Egypt', the lascivious fury who was to become 'the bane of Rome’ (Lucan) is one of the most intriguing figures in history. This talk will concentrate on her personality, the events of her life and the men in it, and the cultural context in which these took place. Using slides, video and ancient texts a variety of fascinating problems will be confronted: how reliable is the historical tradition about Cleopatra? What did she want to achieve? What did she actually achieve? How did she achieve it? And crucially, what did she look like?
Cleopatra: Image and Reality, By Steve Kershaw