“Le mythe Cléopâtre”, par Giovanni Gentili
Editions Gourcuff Graden, 2014, 400 pages
Catalogue de l'exposition Le mythe Cléopâtre, présentée à la Pinacothèque de Paris jusqu’au 7 Septembre 2014.
“Cléopâtre VII Thea Philopator, dernière reine d'Égypte membre de la dynastie des Ptolémées, maîtresse de Jules César puis compagne de Marc-Antoine, a eu une vie exceptionnelle, devenue légendaire. Malgré la rareté des sources historiques, ses amours et sa fin tragique ont suscité la fascination et son histoire a très tôt inspiré les écrivains et les artistes.
Cléopâtre devient une figure iconographique majeure de la fin du XVIe siècle au XIXe siècle. Considérée tantôt comme une femme fatale, puissante et tentatrice, tantôt comme la victime de forces politiques qui la dépassent, voire comme une héroïne qui a préféré la mort plutôt que la soumission à son vainqueur, Cléopâtre est immortalisée par les artistes et s'inscrit dans l'imaginaire collectif.
L'exposition invite au rêve : elle débute par la découverte d'oeuvres archéologiques d'exception de la période ptolémaïque et se poursuit par la naissance du mythe dans la Rome antique. Des tableaux, des sculptures et des costumes de film illustrent ensuite l'essor du mythe dans l'histoire des arts.”
“The Workman’s Progress - Studies in the village of Deir el-Medina and documents from Western Thebes in Honour of Rob Demarée”, by Ben Haring, Olaf Kaper & René van Walsem (eds.)
Egyptologische Uitgaven - Egyptological Publications, 28, 2014, XIV, 332 pages
“This book contains twenty-two papers collected in honour of Robert J. Demarée by his friends and colleagues. Because of his expertise in the area of Western Thebes and ostraca of the village of Deir el-Medina in particular, the contributors have sought to address those topics in particular. Central theme of the Festschrift is the community of workmen of Deir el-Medina, which is investigated from many different angles. The papers discuss the documentary texts from the village, either written in graffiti, on papyri or on ostraca, but also aspects of the work in the Valley of the Kings, the workmen’s use of oil, birthing beds, coffins, stelae as well as their religious beliefs and behaviour. The volume thus sheds new light on the workmen’s community, as well as on the area of Western Thebes in more general terms.
This volume is a token of gratitude from the Leiden University department of Egyptology for Rob’s much appreciated contribution to its teaching programme, as well as a tribute by colleagues worldwide who have worked with him, also in fieldwork projects in Egypt.”
“The Nile : downstream through Egypt's past and present”, by Toby Wilkinson
Bloomsbury 2014, 322 pages
“Egypt is the most populous country in the world's most unstable region. It is the key to Middle East peace, the voice of the Arab world and the crossroads between Europe and Africa. Its historical and strategic importance is unparalleled. In short, Egypt matters. And the key to Egypt - its colourful past, chaotic present and uncertain future - is the Nile...
From Herodotus's day to the present political upheavals, the steady flow of the Nile has been Egypt's heartbeat. It has shaped its geography, controlled its economy and moulded its civilisation. The same stretch of water which conveyed Pharaonic battleships, Ptolemaic grain ships, Roman troop-carriers and Victorian steamers today carries modern-day tourists past bankside settlements in which rural life - fishing, farming, flooding - continues much as it has for millennia.
At this most critical juncture in the country's history, foremost Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey up the Nile, north from Lake Victoria, from Cataract to Cataract, past the Aswan Dam, to the delta. The country is a palimpsest, every age has left its trace: as we pass the Nilometer on the island of Elephantine which since the days of the Pharaohs has measured the height of Nile floodwaters to predict the following season's agricultural yield and set the parameters for the entire Egyptian economy, the wonders of Giza which bear the scars of assault by nineteenth-century archaeologists and the modern-day unbridled urban expansion of Cairo - and in Egypt's earliest art (prehistoric images of fish-traps carved into cliffs) and the Arab Spring (fought on the bridges of Cairo) - the Nile is our guide to understanding the past and present of this unique, chaotic, vital, conservative yet rapidly changing land.”
Toby Wilkinson earned a degree in Egyptology from Downing College, Cambridge, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards given in his field. He has published seven books, and received the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for his latest work, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. He has appeared on radio and television as an expert on ancient Egyptian civilization and is a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. Since 2004, he has been a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, where he resides.
Présentation de l’ouvrage par Anthony Sattin, dans The Guardian :