Cleopatra: A Life (Paperback)
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DescriptionHer palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
- Published: 06 September 2011
- Format: Paperback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316001946 ISBN 10: 0316001945
- Sales rank: 129,444
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Reviews for Cleopatra
One of the most believable accounts of the last queen of Egypt
I have always loved Cleopatra, for her wittiness and intelligence, and to have known of her downfall, it begs the question "Why, and how?"
This books covers most of the events in her life, from her rise to her downfall, and the aftermath.
A clever woman who used everything she had to get what she wanted (Absolute Power), and to loose it all.....
This is totally a different version from what Hollywood portrays Cleopatra to be. Instead of a sexy siren, she is more vulnerable, down to earth, and pretty much explains what she had to go through with to get what she wanted. by K Renganathan