Cleopatra: A Life

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Little, Brown, Sep 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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Her 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.

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User Review  - Smiler69 - LibraryThing

I know this book has many fans (Peggy being among them), but I'm sorry to say I just found it boring. I had to listen to it in bits and pieces because otherwise I stopped paying attention. Too much ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well-written and easy to follow even if you don't know a lot about the time period. Schiff does a good job of explaining her conjectures and theories. And it's absolutely fascinating. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Stacy Schiff is the author of V?ra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exup?ry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.

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