Cleopatra: No Submissive Woman

Tuesdays, 5–6:30 p.m.
UA Campus
Class size
60 students

Cleopatra VII (69-30 BCE), the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt, was a key powerbroker during a period of political change with enduring repercussions for the western world. Ever since, Cleopatra has been deliberately memorialized as a dangerous woman, as a manipulative deployer of “feminine wiles” whose perverse understanding of power doomed her regime to failure and death. This course will probe the evidence to create a portrait of a more authentic, more complicated queen, one of many ruthless and powerful women who followed in the wake of Alexander the Great, establishing patterns of female leadership in the bloody, competitive Hellenistic World.

Course Details


Each 90-minute class will incorporate lecture, visual material, and discussion.

Readings and Syllabus

Some outside reading will be assigned, including primary source material. A finalized syllabus and more information about how and where to access any reading assignments will be available prior to the beginning of the course, per instructors’ directions.


Refund policy

Refunds are available when requested by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018. A $25 administrative fee will apply.


Location Details
The class meets in the Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building, Room S230.

The Sixth Street Garage (1119 E. 6th Street) is just two blocks south of the ENR2 building. The garage is on the south side of the campus between Park and Highland Avenues. The hourly charge is $2 before 5 p.m. and $1 after 5 p.m. Please be aware that higher flat-rate fees may apply on game days or on the days of other special events. Visit parking & transportation for additional parking options and more information.