Ftateeta character jug produced by Weetman Giftware of Tunstall, England, circa 1960. From the 1898 play "Caesar and Cleopatra" by George Bernard Shaw, Ftatateeta is Cleopatra's chief nurse. At the beginning of the play, Ftatateeta's overbearing and aggressive personality instills terror in Cleopatra, though she becomes more subservient once Cleopatra meets Caesar and learns how to exert power over her charges. In the Alternative to the Prologue, Belzanor, Cleopatra's head guard, states that Cleopatra's nurses and other attendants "put their commands in her mouth," implying that Ftatateeta, like Ptolemy's guardians, seeks political power from her relationship to Cleopatra. Like Cleopatra, Ftatateeta is outspoken and has a penchant for violence. While Julius Caesar might resent unnecessary bloodshed, Ftatateeta has no qualms about threatening bodily harm to people who stand in her way. Despite Ftatateeta's aggressive demeanor and possible aspirations for power, she raised Cleopatra from a child and genuinely cares about her.
Caesar and Cleopatra Series