Videos created by Warwick Undergraduate students for the module 'Hellenistic World'
Dave Midgley and Helen Taylor are Director of Humanities and Head of History respectively at Parrs Wood High School and have been teaching Ancient History at GCSE and A Level for longer than either of them would probably like to admit. James Hill is the Science technician Manager at Parrs Wood, long-suffering accomplice to their various shenanigans and resident non-expert in all things Ancient History.
Cleopatra, Rome and Egypt, 60-31 BCE
Dr Jenny Cromwell, Manchester Metropolitan University, provides an overview of what we know about Cleopatra VII, from a range of sources, especially material culture. From sources including coins, inscriptions, papyri and statues, Jenny charts the ways in which Cleopatra has been depicted from some very different perspectives: by the Egyptian populations themselves, and by the Ptolemaic propaganda, before the Roman textual sources (on which our silver screen portrayals of Cleopatra rely heavily) are even written. What’s more, Jenny explains the relationship between the figure of Cleopatra in popular culture, and in the sources, helping teachers explain to GCSE students the importance of the ancient historian's task in deciphering evidence. This video includes images, links and suggested follow-up literature. Recorded as part of the Manchester Classical Association
Other Cleopatra Videos
[Source: BBC Radio Four - In Our Time]
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Cleopatra. The last pharaoh to rule Egypt, Cleopatra was a woman of intelligence and charisma, later celebrated as a great beauty. During an eventful life she was ousted from her throne and later restored to it with the help of her lover Julius Caesar. A later relationship with another Roman statesman, Mark Antony - and Cleopatra's subsequent death at her own hands - provided Shakespeare with the raw material for one of his greatest plays. Today Cleopatra is still an object of fascination, her story revealing as much about the Roman world as it does about the end of the age of the Pharaohs.With:Catharine EdwardsProfessor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck, University of LondonMaria WykeProfessor of Latin at University College LondonSusan WalkerKeeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of OxfordProducer: Thomas Morris.
Prof. Kevin Butcher of the University of Warwick discusses representations of Antony and Cleopatra on ancient coins.