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The Rise of Cleopatra

Famed across the ages and around the world - everyone knows the name Cleopatra. But how did she become one of the most infamous women in history?


Born in 69BCE, a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Hellenistic Egypt, Cleopatra VII lived a tumultuous life. Within two turbulent decades of taking the throne of Egypt, Cleopatra had emerged the victor of a brutal civil war. She won the hearts of two of Rome’s most powerful men, and successfully restored a golden age for her kingdom - she was a force few dared to reckon with.


In this episode, Tristan is joined by Professor Joyce Tyldesley, Dr Chris Naunton, and Dr Glenn Godenho, to discuss the rise of Cleopatra.


Produced by Annie Coloe. Edited and sound designed by Thomas Ntinas.


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