This lecture examines the lives of three visionary female leaders through art and culture. Zenobia of Palmyra, Cleopatra VII (last of the Ptolemies of Egypt), Cleopatra Selene (Queen of Mauretania and Numidia and daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony). With the odds against them, these women shaped history and our modern world.
"From Zenobia, Queen of the East, to Aurelian Augustus. None save yourself has ever demanded by letter what you now demand. Whatever must be accomplished in matters of war must be done by valour alone. You demand my surrender as though you were not aware that Cleopatra preferred to die a Queen rather than remain alive, however high her rank.”
‘Historia Augusta’ ‘Life of Aurelian’ Verse 28 c. late 4th century AD