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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
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Apr 10, 2012

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An interesting foray into the life of Cleopatra VII. Throughout the book, Schiff switches back and forth between historical accounts and story telling. It is a good way to help the reader stay interested in the overall history of Cleopatra, though Schiff makes it known that there is not a lot of accurate historical accounts of Cleopatra's life that has survived through the ages.

I'm glad that Schiff pulls apart the "created" images of Cleopatra that may not be accurate, and sticks to the hard facts of her life. Schiff doesn't embellish too much. History, however, is forever full of mystery and I think the biggest problem with this book, though not Schiff's fault, is that there are too many holes. So many, that you end up using your imagination to fill in the sordid details that were not written.

The book is very well written and Stacy Schiff is a wonderful historical author. The only problem is that the topic itself has too many holes because there are so few accurate accounts of Cleopatra's life during the time that she was alive. And the majority of the accounts during her time is now lost or destroyed.

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