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Publication : "Cleopatra - Roma e l’incantesimo dell’Egitto"

Publication : "Cleopatra - Roma e l’incantesimo dell’Egitto" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Curatore: Gentili Giovanni 
Skira, 2013

“A quanto dicono la sua bellezza in sé non era del tutto incomparabile, né tale da colpire chi la guardava. Ma la sua conversazione aveva un fascino irresistibile, e da un lato il suo aspetto, insieme alla seduzione della parola, dall’altro il temperamento […] erano come un pungiglione penetrante. Dolce era il suono della sua voce quando parlava; e piegava facilmente la lingua, come uno strumento musicale dalle molte corde, all’idioma che usava. Pochissimi erano i barbari con i quali trattava mediante un interprete. Alla maggior parte rispondeva direttamente, ed erano Etiopi, Trogloditi, Ebrei, Arabi, Siri, Medi e Parti. Dicono che conoscesse anche la lingua di molti altri popoli, mentre i re precedenti non si erano curati di apprendere l’egiziano ed alcuni avevano dimenticato pure il macedone” (Plutarco, Vita di Antonio, 27, 3-5)

Nonostante la disinformazione su di lei promossa da Augusto e dagli storici filo-augustei, causa di una damnatio memoriae dalla durata ormai bimillenaria, Cleopatra continua a esercitare una curiosità e un fascino irresistibili. Perché? Chi era veramente l’ultima regina d’Egitto?



Cleopatra VII Thea Filopatore Neotera, ultima regina d’Egitto suicidatasi nel 30 a.C. per evitare di cadere nelle mani del vincitore Ottaviano, segna in modo indelebile la sua epoca. Non particolarmente bella ma seducente, intelligente e risoluta, dotata di intelletto brillante, colta e raffinata, fonda la sua forza sulla sua personalità libera e indipendente. Abile politica che cercò di reinserire l’Egitto nello scacchiere delle potenze del tempo, compartecipe dei progetti di Cesare, poi di quelli di Antonio, la più celebre delle regine della storia antica ha un impatto culturale, oltre che politico, che difficilmente si può riscontrare nelle epoche a seguire.

Attraverso 180 opere provenienti dai più importanti musei del mondo, il volume racconta l’Egitto dei Tolomei, l’appassionante vita di Cleopatra, la centralità della sua figura nelle vicende politiche dell’epoca e il rapporto tra Roma e l’Egitto. Tra i capolavori presentati spiccano la cosiddetta Cleopatra “Nahman”, uno straordinario ritratto di Ottavia (sorella di Augusto e moglie di Marco Antonio) rilavorato come Cleopatra, un ritratto della regina d’Egitto giovanissima (realizzato probabilmente quando salì al trono nel 51 a.C.), l’Alessandro Magno “Guimet” del Museo del Louvre, capolavoro della scultura ellenistica, uno straordinario bronzo che ritrae Alessandro Helios, figlio di Cleopatra e Marco Antonio, e lo spettacolare mosaico del Nilo proveniente dal Museo di Priverno.

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Cleopatra Coming to Blu-ray on May 21

Cleopatra Coming to Blu-ray on May 21 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that Cleopatra will be available on Blu-ray for the first time on May 21. Here's the full announcement:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is proud to announce that the four-time Academy Award® winning* classic CLEOPATRA, will be released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time May 21 in a special golden anniversary edition and is available for pre-order at major retailers.

In honor of the iconic film’s 50th anniversary, the 243-minute premiere version of CLEOPATRA has been meticulously restored and presented on Blu-ray for a stunning high definition in-home viewing experience. Artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images from the making of the film, the 2-disc Blu-ray edition is packed with dazzling bonus materials featuring never-before-seen exclusive content including Cleopatra’s lost footage, commentary from Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more. Additionally, fans can watch footage from the film’s original theatrical premieres in both New York and Los Angeles.

To kick-off a global celebration commemorating the film and its special edition Blu-ray release, Richard Burton will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, Friday, March 1. Burton’s star will be placed next to Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s, honoring one of the most famous theatrical relationships and greatest love stories in history. The campaign for Burton’s star was spearheaded by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to celebrate the actor’s heritage.

Directed by Academy Award winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film was the highest grossing film of 1963, bringing in more than $24 million in its initial release. The film cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and nearly bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox. In addition to elaborate sets and costumes, production delays and the relocation of principal filming from London to Rome added to the skyrocketing budget. A very public love affair between Taylor and Burton that blossomed during the three-year production meant that there was as much romance and intrigue off-screen as on-screen. The film later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.*

The opulence and grandeur of this epic spectacle has never been more glorious, as it comes to Blu-ray for the very first time. This 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition includes a collectible book that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this legendary film.

Elizabeth Taylor stars as Cleopatra, the glamorous and cunning queen of Egypt. To secure her hold on power, she seduces the rulers of Rome, only to meet her match in Mark Antony, played by Richard Burton. Their passionate romance could decide the fate of the world’s greatest empires. (coming.soon)

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=101002

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Conférence de Déborah Moine : Cléopâtre, d'Alexandrie à Hollywood

Conférence de Déborah Moine : Cléopâtre, d'Alexandrie à Hollywood | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Cléopâtre est un personnage historique fascinant qui a la particularité d'être devenue une légende de son vivant. Chant du cygne de la dynastie Lagide, cette souveraine d'essence divine deviendra une gourgandine par le biais de la propagande d'Octave. Si il existe des monnaies, statues, reliefs antiques à son effigie, c'est souvent l'imaginaire contemporain qui demeure notre référence pour nous la représenter.Mais comment la dernière des Ptolémées a-t-elle réussi à traverser les siècles avec un tel succès. La légende de Cléopâtre naît à Alexandrie. Elle transite à Rome grâce à ses amours avec Jules César et Antoine. La pieuse Cléopâtre Séléné, sa fille, préservera le souvenir de sa mère dans son royaume fantoche de Maurétanie. Cléopâtre sera le modèle d'autres souveraines comme Zénobie de Palmyre. Elle traversera le Moyen Âge dans les traités moraux où on fustige son ambition mais où on admire son amour absolu pour Antoine. A la Renaissance, on trouve une Cléopâtre inspirée avant tout des modèles classiques. Il faudra attendre le xix ième siècle et le courant orientaliste pour la voir évoluer dans un style "revival" égyptien. 
Et si sa fin sous la morsure de l'aspic intrigue aujourd'hui les amateurs d'enquêtes scientifiques, elle n'en demeure pas moins une part "mystérieuse" de la légende.


 Quand :  Lundi 4 mars 2013 à 14h30

 Où : Foyer Culturel de Saint-Ghislain, Grand-Place, 37–7330 Saint-Ghislain

Renseignements complémentaires : Michel Scutnaire,
Téléphone 0474//60 26 41
Mail : scutnairem@hotmail.com .
Adresse : rue de Warquignies, 58 - 7301  Hornu

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Maybe Cleopatra Didn’t Commit Suicide

Maybe Cleopatra Didn’t Commit Suicide | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The famous story of Cleopatra’s suicide gets points for drama and crowd appeal: Her lover, Mark Antony, had been defeated in battle by Octavian and, hearing that Cleopatra had been killed, had stabbed himself in the stomach. Very much alive, after witnessing his death, the beautiful last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt pressed a deadly asp to her breast, taking her own life as well.

But what if Cleopatra didn’t commit suicide at all?

Pat Brown, author of the new book, The Murder of Cleopatra: History’s Greatest Cold Case, argues that the “Queen of Kings” did not take her own life. Rather, she was murdered, and her perpetrators managed to spin a story that has endured for more than 2,000 years.


Smithsonian.com
Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/03/maybe-cleopatra-didnt-commit-suicide/

 

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For more than two thousand years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state that she desperately ended her life with the bite of an asp, as her nemesis—the Roman general Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman emperor—stormed Alexandria.
Now, a completely unique interpretation of history is brought to light by world-renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown in her new myth-busting book, The Murder of Cleopatra. As host and profiler of The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra (Discovery 2005), Brown challenged the long-enduring myth that Cleopatra died via snakebite and that she committed suicide to avoid further humiliation. Using the techniques and methodology of investigative criminal profiling and crime reconstruction, The Murder of Cleopatra takes up where the Discovery Channel documentary left off. Brown’s findings, borne of scientific method, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, will be revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romantic intrigue. 
The result: a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was, a fascinating account of the queen’s final desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh. 

Pat Brown (Washington, DC) is the chief executive officer of the Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE), a nonprofit criminal-profiling and investigative organization offering pro bono services to families and law enforcement to solve cold homicide cases throughout the United States and Canada (www.SHEprofilers.com); the president/consultant of the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency, which provides crime-scene analysis and behavioral profiling to prosecutors, defense attorneys, and international clients (www.patbrownprofiling.com); and a well-known television crime commentator who is a regular guest on Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, and Inside Edition. She is the author of How to Save Your Daughter’s Life; The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths; and Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers.

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Archaeologist says bones found in Turkey are probably those of Cleopatra’s half-sister

Archaeologist says bones found in Turkey are probably those of Cleopatra’s half-sister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Long-buried bones and a missing monarch. Add some historical notoriety and modern technology and you have a heck of a captivating, science-driven story.

 

Just this month, it was announced that bones found under a parking lot in Leicester, England, belonged to King Richard III. (...)

 

The locale is more exotic – western Turkey – and the evidence is much more difficult to analyze: The bones in question are a bit more than 2,000 years old.

She will cover this and other aspects of her work in a March 1 lecture at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The title: “Who Murdered Cleopatra’s Sister? And Other Tales from Ephesus.”(...)

 

What thickened the plot“When I was working with the architecture of The Octagon and the building next to it, it wasn’t known whose skeleton was inside. Then I found some ancient writers telling us that in the year 41 B.C., Arsinoe IV – the half-sister of Cleopatra – was murdered in Ephesus by Cleopatra and her Roman lover, Marc Antony. Because the building is dated by its type and decoration to the second half of the first century B.C., this fits quite well.“I put the pieces of the puzzle together.”

 

More on: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/24/2697973/archaeologist-says-bones-found.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

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The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case [Kindle Edition], by Pat Brown

The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case [Kindle Edition], by Pat Brown | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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For more than two thousand years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state that she desperately ended her life with the bite of an asp, as her nemesis—the Roman general Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman emperor—stormed Alexandria.
Now, a completely unique interpretation of history is brought to light by world-renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown in her new myth-busting book, The Murder of Cleopatra. As host and profiler of The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra (Discovery 2005), Brown challenged the long-enduring myth that Cleopatra died via snakebite and that she committed suicide to avoid further humiliation. Using the techniques and methodology of investigative criminal profiling and crime reconstruction, The Murder of Cleopatra takes up where the Discovery Channel documentary left off. Brown’s findings, borne of scientific method, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, will be revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romantic intrigue. 
The result: a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was, a fascinating account of the queen’s final desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh.

File Size: 2308 KBPrint Length: 270 pagesPublisher: Prometheus Books (February 19, 2013)http://www.amazon.com/The-Murder-Cleopatra-Historys-ebook/dp/B00BEZ9V00/ref=pd_zg_rss_nr_b_4878_1?ie=UTF8&tag=conorpcom-20&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=Twitter


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