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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
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Nov 12, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: history-africa, history-european, biography

I now have a massive crush on Cleopatra.

Schiff's biography shows a desperately SMART woman who knew almost everything -- she knew her place and worth in the world, she knew her duty to her people, she knew how to manipulate the men whose armies could destroy her. She knew six or seven languages, well enough to make dirty jokes in them. She valued knowledge, she valued the Egyptian people, and she wanted to protect those two things.

She made some critical errors in her political career, through arrogance or insecurity. But I want, so damn much, to *talk* to this woman. An amazing person who is now lost, like to many, to time.

And that gives you my review of the book, as well, really -- the book was a, a vehicle for Cleopatra to shine through. I think a biography has no higher calling.

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