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Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
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Apr 07, 12

Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Very good learning tool. 1,000 pages, so it took more than 6 months to finish! Cleopatra lost her mother when she was a small child. Her father was exiled for a time. It was then that her older sisters vied for the throne. Cleopatra did have her sister Arsinoe killed, when she was captured fighting for an enemy state.

While she was exiled, and Rome was running Egypt, she had herself sent to Caesar, rolled in a rug, to ask for his assistance in putting her back in control of Egypt. They fell in love, ruled Rome and Egypt together. She lived for a time in Rome, in a home of Caesars, though he was married to someone else. they had 1 son togehter, Caesarion.

Caesar was murdered, on the ides of march, by the senate. Octavian and Anthony shared power.

Anthony and Cleopatra met, fell in love, and ruled Egypt together. Anthony fell out of grace with Rome, especially since he was married to Octavian's sister. He finally divorced her, for Cleopatra. They fought many wars, trying to conquer more land. They finally came to battle with Octavian. Many of Anthony's friends went to Octavian's side, when it was obvious they would lose.

Octavian came to Egypt. Anthony killed himself in the battle, since he could not defeat the Roman army. Cleopatra was captured, and Octavian killed Anthony's son from Rome, and Caesarion. Cleopatra fooled Octavian, and killed herself by snake bite.

Her three remaining children were taken to Rome to be raised in Octavian's home.
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