Review: Cleopatra: A Life

Editorial Review - - Jana Siciliano

From the mysterious and teasing cover image to the elegant and informative writing between the covers, CLEOPATRA is one more example of why Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize winner. You might think you know everything there is to know about this infamous Egyptian ruler, but, believe me, you don't. Cleopatra was a murdering, adulterous control freak who also brought some great innovations to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

A perfectly serviceable biography hampered only by the fact that we know very little directly about Cleopatra. As a result this book, although exhaustively researched, feels a bit like historical fiction at times, although I suspect that this is inevitable given the subject. Read full review

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User Review  - SRWelch00 - LibraryThing

Highly recommended ... a thoroughly captivating portrayal, so much so that I'm convinced now I'd gladly trade all the celebrities and political figures of the 20th century, the whole lot of them, for one evening of dinner with this woman ... Read full review

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love history on cleopatra

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hard to follow as an independent book.

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Very interesting subject matter, I learned a lot however I did not like the writing style. Rather dry and a bit too highfalutin at times.

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i want to say this is a really wonderful book about this queen who ruled egypt .and it amazing how she start with a beautiful words of Euripides : " Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe" . the maps and this is the first things in history the maps it show how was the political climate in that era .amazing book . 

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Well done but not a page turner....especially not by page 200 of the 300. Roman rulers, palace intrigues, military campaigns - what's a girl to do but bed the most successful rulers of Rome only to find out even they can't protect her, her family or her country. But the book does well in separating fact from fiction insofar as it is possible. Before reading this I happened to read The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, which is a far more fascinating book. The most interesting thing about Cleopatra for me is that she is from and of Alexandria and what that represents. To find out what that means, the Alexandria book is the Big Value Add.
Also if you are truly interested in Alexandria (as you should be), try the DVD Agora about the 5th century Alexandrian philosopher queen Hypatia. Recreated Alexandria on screen in all its splendor and then some. Well worth a look.

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User Review  - Laura G. -

Beautiful excellent and interesting read! Read full review

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