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Stephanie Dray
I couldn't be more pleased about the resurgence of interest in Cleopatra VII of Egypt. Given that I've spent the past few years of my life working on a trilogy about Cleopatra's daughter starting with Lily of the Nile, I admit a ready bias in favor of Stacy Schiff's new biography. However, I believe that this book would appeal even to those who don't have an obsession with Egypt's most famous monarch.

Schiff's tone is easy and breezy--injecting humor and modern comparisons into this survey of the
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I found this a very interesting read.

Schiff makes a point of emphasizing how much we don't know about Cleopatra, and why. How the ancient sources often don't agree with each other, and why some may (or may not) be more trustworthy than others.

How we don't have Cleopatra's version of things handed down, but Octavian's.
Vicki Cline
Jun 10, 2015 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it
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On the whole, I liked the book a lot. Cleopatra led an amazing life and seems to have been almost a genius (all those languages!). Her liaisons with two of Rome's most famous men naturally made her seem very dangerous to most Romans, especially to Octavian. The splendor and wealth of Alexandria no doubt provoked envy, as well. I liked the descriptions of the fabulous banquets, although I'm not sure I would want to eat some of the delicacies that were mentioned. There was certainly enough drama i ...more
Jack
Jul 06, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
A catchy tale of the Roman Republic's end taken from the point of view of Cleopatra, the last of the Ptolemaic royalty. I found diving into the depths of the Egyptian court combined with the might of Julius Caeser and all the intrigue a very catching plot. I enjoyed spending time on Mark Antony's time spent in Egypt and the East also fascinating. Throw in a bit of Herod and Octavian (future Augustus) and now you have a great tale. I recommend the book for all of you interested in Roman history. ...more
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