Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Last Queen of Egypt: Cleopatra VII

This is Serena's 3rd Biography Fair.  After Princess Grace Kelly and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Serena has decided to pick someone from ancient history this year, given her recent obsession with the Greek and Roman gods. Cleopatra was a ton of fun to do - the last Pharaoh of Egypt, full of glam and drama and mystery!

There's a ton of great books in the library on this fascinating historical character:

Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra Through the Diary of Her Handmaid Nefret by Adele Geras
Cleopatra: "Serpent of the Nile" by Mary Fisk Pack
Everything Ancient Egypt by Crispin Boyer
Cleopatra: Egypt's Last and Greatest Queen by Susan Blackaby
Cleopatra by Haydn Middleton
Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams

We found a fun online hieroglyphic typewriter. Serena used it to make cartouche hieroglyphs of Cleopatra and the men in her life: Ptolemy XIII, Ptolemy XIV, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony.
We created pages of fictional diary entries by Cleopatra to tell her story from the death of her father Ptolemy XII in 51 B.C. to her own death in 30 B.C.. To make the paper look like ancient papyrus, Serena stained them with tea bags and I scorched the edges of the papers with a lighter. Playing with food and fire was really quite fun.

Instead of a project board, we decided to use the room divider that sits in our kitchen - an idea that came to us as we were chatting about the project over dinner. Actually many crazy ideas came about, like building a replica of the Pharos of Alexandria and writing the entire project in hieroglyphs.
Serena dug up a bunch of her play jewellery and did a fine job decorating her display board. We kept her wonderful idea of using a "scroll" instead of note cards for comments. Her favourite part, as always, was dressing up in character. That's her area of specialty and it requires zero input from me.

Serena enjoyed being in character as Cleopatra in her presentation, and Daddy seemed to equally enjoy his character as Julius Caesar.

1 comment:

  1. We enjoyed this.The whole family was involved
    Well done!!!
    love Nanny & Papa