BEING CLEOPATRA: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Gustave Moreau & William Shakespeare

Cleopatra
Gustave Moreau
France
1887

"Give me to drink mandragora...
That I might sleep this out this great gap of time
My Antony is away."
William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra
Act I, scene v

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets: Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt

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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

You think you know Cleopatra, but you have no idea: #2

#2 Cleopatra was the only person in the entire Ptolemaic dynasty who could actually speak Egyptian. In fact, she was fluent in 9 languages.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Michelangelo & William Shakespeare

Cleopatra
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
1533-1534

"Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me."
William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra
Act V, scene ii

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Martha Leebolt


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

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cincinnati Gets Ready to Unveil Their New Cleopatra Exhibit

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.

February 18, 2011 - September 5, 2011
Tickets range from $15-$23 (audio tour included)
Mon-Thu 10am-6pm & Fri-Sat 11am-7pm.

*Teacher Preview - February 15 4-9pm, free for a teacher and 1 guest. Click here for more information

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Massimo Stanzione & William Shakespeare

Cleopatra
Massimo Stanzione
1630s

"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies."
William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra
Act II, scene ii
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