Faculty Book: Dee Clayman
Dee L. Clayman
Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt
(Oxford University Press, 2013)
Although what we have from history about Berenice II, daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, is scattered and uneven, Clayman’s interdisciplinary approach presents a woman who was more powerful and fascinating than we had previously imagined. A mother of six, immensely wealthy and ambitious, she was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, including Callimachus, who wrote “Lock of Berenice” about her. This book offers a portrait of a woman who had access to the cultural riches of both Greece and Egypt and who navigated her way carefully through the possibilities that these assets presented to her, ultimately using them to accrue unprecedented honors that were all but equal to those of the king. Dee L. Clayman (Prof., Brooklyn) serves on the doctoral faculty in classics.
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Submitted on: NOV 5, 2013