About the Book Paintings of people wearing incense cones on their wigs, sniffing flowers, and anointing just about anything; palettes for preparing cosmetics; and quantities of both romantic and religious literature all show the major role played by scent in Egyptian culture. Perfume was so important a part of ancient Egyptian life that it is remarkable that there are no other monographs on the subject. Noted author Manniche (Egyptology, Univ. of Copenhagen) studies the role of perfume and scent in Egyptian society as medicine, aphrodisiac, incense, and cosmetic. For the adventurous, Manniche even includes recipes from a variety of classical sources as well as Egyptian manuscripts. Recommended for large collections on the history of perfumes, aromatherapy, and folk medicine as well as general collections seeking scholarly but readable material on ancient Egyptian lifestyles. Buy Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
Cleopatra is definitely making a comback this year. First a book, then talk of a movie starring Angelina Jolie, and now a ballet! The world premiere of the ballet Cleopatra will take place at the Leeds Grand Theatre on Febuary 26, 2011 starring Martha Leebolt as the title role and Tobias Bately as Anthony. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and choreography by David Nixon OBE.
In a world ruled by men, this courageous and compulsive woman overturned convention and changed the course of history. Cleopatra’s legacy has inspired generations. Now, composer Claude-Michel Schönberg (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, bring her astounding story to the stage in this must-see ballet for 2011. As Cleopatra’s star rises once more, book now for Northern Ballet’s unique retelling of this remarkable woman’s story.
CLEOPATRA Martha Leebolt
ANTHONY Tobias Batley
MUSIC Claude-Michel Schönberg CHOREOGRAPHY David Nixon OBE
The Cincinnati Museum Center is getting ready to unveil their new and highly anticipated exhibit "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt." This exhibit features over 150 artifacts weighing in at a total of 10 tons with some pieces being more than 2,000 years old. These artifacts were found after a series of earthquakes and floods nearly destroyed the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria. French archaeologists recovered many pieces deep beneath the Mediterranean Sea.