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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
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Read from January 02 to 14, 2012

2012 Book 2

This was a book that required serious attention. It took me longer to read this book than any other in the last year, due the historical detail and depth. It was fascinating, but slow-going. I loved the author's ability to piece together many different interpretations of Cleopatra's life and death, and do it all with a feminist perspective that identified and named the "encusted myths and hoary propoganda" that makes up much of what we know of her. As the author says, "She was a Greek woman whose history fell to men whose futures lay with Rome, the majority of them officials of the empire". This was a great way to jump-start the history side of my brain for 2012!!
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