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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
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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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.
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