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Cleopatra's name still glitters across history, evoking opulence, ambition, and tragedy. Raised in the shadow of the mighty Roman Empire, she dared to dream of a world united under Egyptian rule. She almost succeeded, and if she had, we would live in a far different world today.Cleopatra was not the renowned beauty of legend--her strength lay in her intelligence, courage, and charm, and she would need all three in her short and perilous reign. She became Queen of Egypt at eighteen and by twenty had been driven from her throne. But she raised an army and won the support of the great Julius Caesar, who helped her return to rule. We will never know what these two brilliant and ambitious people might have accomplished together, for Caesar soon fell to Roman assassins. Instead, it was Mark Antony, another famous Roman, who risked everything with Cleopatra in pursuit Of world power.In this latest of their "distinguished storybook biographies" (New York Times), the authors' meticulous text and Ms. Stanley's majestic illustrations capture the brilliance of Cleopatra's life. From the enchantments of the royal court at Alexandria to luxurious cruises up the legendary Nile, from the intrigues of the Roman marketplace to a desperate sea battle with a shocking end, these award-winning biographers tell the tragic story of one of the most fascinating women of all more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 238.76 x 284.48 x 15.24mm | 612.35g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • chiefly colour illustrations colour maps
  • 0688104134
  • 9780688104139

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Cleopatra was a Greek-descended Egyptian queen near the turn of the first millennium. While Julius Caesar was trying to unite the world under Rome, Cleopatra was harboring similar hopes for Alexandria. When the rulers met, however, they fell in love and attempted to conquer the world together. Cleopatra stayed with Caesar until his death in 44 B.C., and afterwards she began the affair with Mark Antony that would continue until both their deaths. As the authors state in a prefatory note, the sources about Cleopatra - other than Plutarch - are patchy and often negative, having been written by her enemies, and the only pictures we have of her are from the coins minted during her rule. Stanley and Vennema use these sources to try to give an accurate account of Cleopatra's life. In striving for accuracy, however, the authors sacrifice the romance of the story. Stanley's drawings, on the other hand, are exquisitely wrought with vivid color and fine mosaic detail. Stanley and Vennema's latest illustrated biography is a beautifully decorated, dull account of one of the most powerful women rulers of all time. Bibliography and pronunciation guide. (Kirkus Reviews)show more