Egyptian Exhibitions throughout the world from Egypt Month (Tour Egypt Monthly) - Cleopatra Conquers Rome

Volume I, Number6 December 1st, 2000

Egypt Month exhibit editor deTraci Regula

deTraci Regula

Cleopatra Conquers Rome

Palazzo Ruspoli

Via del Corso, 418 - 00186 Roma

Tel. 06/68 33201

Fax 06/68806724

Open Mon-Fri 9:30am to 7:30pm

Saturdays 9:30am to 8:30pm


Rome, Italy


Through Feb. 25th 2001, then to the British Museum (April-August) and the Field Museum from October 2001 to March 2002.

New Exhibit Focuses on Political Mastery, not Erotic Rumors.

Cleopatra has returned to Rome in a triumph of her own; Augustus must be spinning in his tomb.

A new exhibit focusing on the political savvy of the last Ptolemaic

Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt has opened at the Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. Drawing from hundreds of objects, many lent by the British Museum, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, the collection acknowledges Augustus' hostility to Cleopatra and how this has colored our own perceptions of this remarkable Queen.

As Caesar's adopted son and "heir apparent", Augustus had much to lose if Cleopatra's son by Julius Caesar ever gained acceptance by the Romans. As the winner, Augustus influenced the historians of the time to cast Cleopatra as a conniving seductress; that she was the powerful mother of his own potential rival, who would have become Pharaoh of rich Egypt, is often overlooked.

Though Cleopatra's presence in Rome as the mistress and ally of Julius Caesar was hardly welcome to many respectable Romans, the attraction of mysterious Egypt was irresistible. Rome took to all things Egyptian with a passion, even embracing the worship of Egyptian gods and goddesses in the heart of the Roman empire, an "egyptomania" which endured for several hundred years and which still influences art and architecture today.

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Editor's Commentary
By Jimmy Dunn
Ancient Beauty Secrets
By Judith Illes
Book Reviews
Various Editors
Kid's Corner
By Margo Wayman
Cooking with Tour Egypt
By Mary K Radnich
Hotel Reviews
By Juergen Stryjak
Egyptian Exhibitions
By deTraci Regula
Various Editors
Restaurant Reviews
Various Editors
Shopping Around
By Jimmy Dunn
Web Reviews
By Siri Bezdicek

Prior Issues

October 1st, 2000
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August 1st, 2000

July 1st, 2000

June 1st, 2000