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All for Love, or, The World Well Lost

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1740

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De Beer Eb 1740 D

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London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson

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One of the most famous female rulers of all time, Cleopatra (69-30 BC), is often remembered for the wrong reasons. Represented over the centuries in various forms of art – paintings, poetry, plays (as above) – Cleopatra’s supposed beauty, her affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her questionable suicide, are usually the focus. However, Cleopatra was an intellect who spoke nine languages; she was politically astute, governing Egypt for 18 years in turbulent times; and she was ruthless, killing three of her siblings to maintain her rule. Despite this, she has been described as a ‘whore’, ‘disgusting’, and ‘wicked’. Let us now remember Cleopatra for her intelligence and her achievements as a ruler.

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John Dryden, “All for Love, or, The World Well Lost,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed January 26, 2020, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11276.

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