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Question: AA100 The Arts Past and Present
Assignment 2 – Learning from Feedback

TMA 02 Part 1 (Original version with comments) - In the passage, how does Cassius Dio characterise Cleopatra and how does this compare with other ancient written sources you have met in this chapter? [Word Count 502]

TMA 02 Part 1 (New Draft) - In the passage, how does Cassius Dio characterise Cleopatra and how does this compare with other ancient written sources you have met in this chapter. [Word Count 524]

TMA 02 Part 2 (Reflective Commentary) [Word Count 200]

Answer: In the passage (Dio, Roman History, as cited in The Open University 2015, p20) there are two main characteristics that Dio has focused on, her appearance and her behaviour. The passage begins by describing Cleopatra as beautiful, with a charming character and then changes to describe a manipulative and conniving person.
Dio begins by describing her as having ‘surpassing beauty’ and as being ‘most striking’ with a ‘charming voice’; this description paints a picture of a very beautiful, alluring woman with the ability to talk in the presence of the likes of Caesar. The second half then goes on to describe her in a manner that would give the impression of a very manipulative character. Dio describes how she ‘schemes’ and is planning her meeting with Caesar with precision. Dio talks about Cleopatra having the ability to ‘subjugate every one’, in this he is saying that s...(short extract)

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  • Subject: History
  • Course: AA100 The arts past and present
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1224
  • Date submitted: April 04, 2019
  • Date written: November, 2015
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8637

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