Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cleopatra's Face... I don't like it!



As shown in this 32 BC roman coin Cleopatra's profile does not show really the Shakepearean idealistic image (let's remeber that she was never really described in the roman contemporary sources as beautiful)...

Just a reminder of the greatness of coins as historical sources: in the Greek-Roman-Byzantine cases the ruler's profile was a must and it was usually much more realistic than images in other media (including sculpture)....

Links: English 1, English 2 (constructing the early modern idealistic figure), Arabic, and French.

5 Comments:

At 7:28 AM, Blogger SNAWSI said...

Cléo est un mythe, un symbole. Sa beauté réelle est peut être ailleurs que son corps ou visage: Y a pas que le physique qui compte ya Khaled :P

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Hannibal said...

@Tarek: welcome back dude that was a lonnnnng absence:) Hope everything is fine!

@Snawsi: c'est Tarek et non pas Khaled :P :)

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger Tarek Kahlaoui said...

Hi Hannibal... Thanks (was totally invested in the PhD and the baby... and believe me that could make you loose apetite for blogging)

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger SNAWSI said...

oops, dunno why I kept the last name in mind but shifted from Tarek to Khaled, mmm, am getting old guys :D

 
At 4:04 AM, Blogger Tarek Kahlaoui said...

That's ok Snawsi... I hope I'm bringing nice memories of the Kahlaouis...

 

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