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Cleopatra VII and the Problem(s) with Women in Classical Video Games

Cleopatra VII and the Problem(s) with Women in Classical Video Games

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  • Date 29 May 2024
  • Time 5pm
  • Category Lecture

Cleopatra VII and the Problem(s) with Women in Classical Video Games

Moore Auditorium

Dr Jane Draycott - University of Glasgow

This lecture will explore three depictions of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt in the AAA video games Dante’s Inferno (2010), Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017), and Expeditions: Rome (2022). This will serve as a starting point for considering the ongoing issue of the balance of historical accuracy versus authenticity when it comes to the depiction of women in classical games, as well as related issues of gender, sexism, racism, and orientalism, both in video games and in the video games industry itself.

Everyone is welcome and the lecture will be followed by free refreshments.

Jane Draycott is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Glasgow. Her research investigates science, technology, and medicine in the ancient world. Her publications include the monographs Prosthetics and Assistive Technology in Ancient Greece and Rome (2023), Roman Domestic Medical Practice in Central Italy from the Middle Republic to the Early Empire (2019) and the edited volumes Women in Classical Video Games (2022, with Kate Cook), and Women in Historical and Archaeological Video Games (2022). She has also published the popular history book Cleopatra’s Daughter: Egyptian Princess, Roman Prisoner, African Queen (2022).

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