Friday, March 21, 2008

Ritual Drama: Queen of Queens

If you haven't yet, check out the ritualistic ABC production of Cleopatra, which originally aired on May 23, 1999. I can't help but thinking of this production of Cleopatra when seeing Hillary Clinton's mug in the news incessantly.

  Jake's recent post on the JFK thing made me think of history's great King-Kill, that of Julius Caesar. Cleopatra milked the tragedy for all it was worth, depicting herself as the widowed Isis all over Egypt's temples. You'd almost think she herself orchestrated the whole thing with Antony. 

The Spitzer story reluctantly got me thinking about Bill Clinton again. When I find the file, I'll post my semiotic analysis of the Clinton Impeachment ritual drama, which I had written back in 1998. That whole thing was a joke, and replete with all manner of symbolicist mischief. 

Suffice it to say, "the meaning of is is" is "Isis."

 In that light, it's best not to bet the farm against the Iron Lady quite yet. Maybe she and Obama can run on the Cleopatra/Caesarion ticket. In the meantime, keep an eye out for any use of Isis/Cleopatra symbolism in her campaigning.