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Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter
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Jul 02, 2011

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This interesting perspective on Cleopatra and Marc Anthony comes courtesy of their daughter, Cleopatra Selene. The story begins with the burial at sea of the royal princess's twin brother Alexandros and shows her determination to follow the traditions of her forebears despite any discomfort that might cause those around her. The story then shifts to 34 BCE when Cleopatra Selene is seven, and all is right in her world. From there, the story moves chronologically until she is sixteen, showing the love Cleopatra had for her children and her determination that one of them would rule Egypt again after Rome waged war on the land. Since Cleopatra Selene sees her father's suicide, she is haunted by that experience, and after she is hauled off to Rome as part of the plunder, she has nightmares and tries to make contact with the followers of Isis who she is sure will help her return home. Living in the shadow of a woman as famous and intelligent as her mother isn't easy, but Cleopatra Selene has her own gifts as well. Although she feels attracted to two different men, she comes to realize that while she is her mother's daughter, she need not make the same choices as her mother.

Only brief notes about this woman's later years are provided, and it would have interesting to learn more. Clearly, those were complicated political times, and being able to survive in a Roman household filled with enemies must have been difficult.
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