Octavian trashed her statues, but a handful of coins survive
to disconcert the romantic. If her nose
had only been shorter, said Pascal—but that profile’s alive
With determined character, its avatar Glenn Close
Or, better, Meryl Streep. Anyway,there’s no art
To find the mind’s construction in the face:
she is what she was and did. Where should we start:
Perhaps with the tricky question of genes and race.
incest, wealth, privilege, cumulatively compounded
from three Macedonian centuries, not dilute
but distilled essence, royal arrogance only bounded
by sun and Nile. So much, too, to refute:
a palimpset of...