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Medusa’s GazeThe Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese$
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Marina Belozerskaya

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.001.0001

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Cleopatra’s Artifice

Cleopatra’s Artifice

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Medusa’s Gaze

Marina Belozerskaya

Oxford University Press

The Tazza was most likely carved in ancient Alexandria for the Ptolemaic court. Although we do not know whether Cleopatra may have commissioned it, this chapter discusses the Queen of Egypt, her ambitions, and her use of such objects as the Tazza as part of her political propaganda in dealing with Rome and particularly with Caesar and Antony. The chapter also discusses cameo carving and the imagery depicted on the bowl.

Keywords:   sardonyx, cameo carving, Alexandria, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Octavian/Augustus, luxury, Egypt, Rome

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