Asterix and Cleopatra (1965)

Astérix et Cléopâtre

These pyramid schemes are not all they appear.


Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Satire on traditionalist versus modernist architectural dialogue (as represented by the characters Edifis and Artifis); also a commentary on labour relations as the slave shortage in Egypt results in the hiring of contracted labourers to serve as builders and – later – galley slaves.

Notable Nomenclature...

Continuity; lack-thereof and other gaffes...

Cleverness and contemporaneity...

Non-PC World...

Egyptians portrayed,essentially, as basin-cutted loincloth-sporting weaklings.

Obelix has a tender side...

Does not like his table-manners to be criticised in public (p27).

Classic Pegleg...

Alea Jacta Est = The die is cast (Julius Caesar)

Redbeard's Retort...

"One more classical remark from you and I'll make you eat your wooden leg!"

Good or What?

Very good indeed.

Far more than Asterix and the Goths, this story illustrates Goscinny and Uderzo’s genius at appraising a foreign culture by way of such hyperbolic stereotype that the whole process becomes a comment on the popular perception of that culture. The first of the really effective ‘Asterix abroad’ books.