Spotlight Lecture

Enemies of Rome – Cleopatra – Saturday 19 February 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The charismatic and ostentatiously clever Cleopatra VII was vilified in Augustan literature for the spell she cast over two of Rome’s most powerful leaders, Caesar and Antony, as well as her wealth and power. The only Ptolemy to speak Egyptian, Cleopatra was as erudite as she was an accomplished politician. Plagued by sibling rivalries, she skilfully positioned herself on the Egyptian throne through her relations first with Caesar, to whom she bore Caesarion who was crowned Ptolemy XV after the Ides of March. In the turmoil brought about by the assassination of Caesar, Cleopatra forged a political alliance with Antony, which resulted in one of the best remembered liaisons from antiquity. Her fate was sealed with their loss at the hands of Octavian at the Battle of Actium, after which she was represented by writers as an existential threat to Rome quelled by the traditional Octavian, who restored gender norms and world order. A powerful woman, she was an object of fear rather than admiration.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 19 February 2022

Start time: 09:00 a.m. GMT

End time: 10:30 a.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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