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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
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Jan 02, 12

Read in December, 2011

The author was fascinating in her talk at Seattle Arts and Lectures, about how one does a biography of someone for whom there are few primary sources. But the actual book is a slow read, in large part because I don't have a lot of the background information the author assumes. She was a remarkable woman, coming from a society where women could be leaders if their siblings didn't kill them first, then connecting with two of the most powerful men in the known world. Makes me want to watch the movie, even though now I'll be able to see all the inaccuracies...
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