Cleopatra: A Life
  • Cleopatra: A Life
  • Cleopatra: A Life
  • Cleopatra: A Life
ISBN: 0316001929
EAN13: 9780316001922
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 1, 2010
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 9.3" L x 5.7" W
Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and -- after his murder -- three more with his prot g . Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

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Best Cleopatra book I have read. Very much enjoyed how researched and imagined it was . Brought a full picture to life.