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THE SUPPORTING CAST

Cleopatra and Rome's supporting cast is made up of an eclectic circle of family members, close friends, and political and military associates of the major players. In many ways, this coterie was as eccentric as the prime-time actors. It consisted of an adulterous princess with a penchant for ribald jokes, rebellion, and perhaps even conspiracy; a confidant of the emperor who was an inveterate builder of monuments bearing his name; a gastronome who built Rome's first private swimming pool; a literary patron who supported women poets; a pair of spirited youths who imitated their grandfather's hairstyle and handwriting and dressed up like Trojans; and a melancholic recluse who seems to have grown to dislike his mother but who was partial to gorgeous islands. All of their lives were intertwined with that of Augustus, and some of them may have been aware enough of Cleopatra's personality and art to acknowledge them in their own lives and monuments.


FAMILY MEMBERS

The Sinner:
Julia

Julia was the only child of Augustus, born to him and Scribonia in 39 B.C. (Fig. 3.1). On the very day she was born, Julia's parents divorced. Angustus and Livia, who married in 38, lost no time in situating Julia in Augustus's house, seeing to it that she was properly trained in weaving, spinning, and other appropriate skills. Her upbringing was strict. She was still

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Prologue: From Carpet to Asp 1
  • 1: Cleopatra Superstar 16
  • 2: The Major Players 29
  • 3: The Supporting Cast 45
  • 4: The Professionals 58
  • 5: Cleopatra Architecta 68
  • 6: Alexandria on the Tiber 93
  • 7: Living the Inimitable Life 102
  • 8: Ersatz Alexanders in Egypt and Rome 119
  • 9: [Queen of Kings]: Cleopatra Thea Neotera 135
  • 10: Even Death Won't Part Us Now 157
  • 11: Egyptomania! 163
  • 12: Divine Alter Egos 179
  • 13: A Roman Pharaoh and a Roman Emperor 189
  • 14: Rome on the Tiber 200
  • 15: Death, Dynasty, and a Roman Dendera 219
  • 16: Competing with Cleopatra on Coins 230
  • 17: Princesses and Power Hair 242
  • 18: Regina Romana 251
  • 19: From Asp to Eternity 261
  • Notes 285
  • Bibliography 289
  • Illustration Credits 315
  • Acknowledgments 321
  • Index 325
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