Cleopatra: A Life
Her life spanned fewer than 40 years, but she was the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age. She married twice, each time to a brother; she poisoned one and waged a war against the other. To this day, the life of Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.) intrigues us. This adept... show more
Her life spanned fewer than 40 years, but she was the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age. She married twice, each time to a brother; she poisoned one and waged a war against the other. To this day, the life of Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.) intrigues us. This adept biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff tells us why it should. The true story of the woman behind the myth.
Publish date: 01-11-2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Edition language: English
3.5 stars, really.John Knox, who according to a suscept legend is buried beneath a car park in Edinburgh, managed to anger every single woman ruler of his time with the writing of a tract stating the belief that women should not rule. Elizabeth I, who he later tried to mollify (he didn't mean her, ...
I have been too long away from non-fiction so this book was a slow and difficult read for me. However, it was definitely worth the read. We all know the story of Cleopatra, a story we've probably been told from novels and/or movies. Cleopatra was a beautiful seductress who loved and manipulated t...
I'll start by saying that I had high hopes for this book and the hopes were both realized and not realized.I thought this book might be my favorite read of 2010 and it wasn't, but it was a good read. A good read but not a great read.What bothered me about this book was that Schiff tries to collect a...
Riveting--ancient Alexandria and Rome come to life on the page. It would be hard to find a more interesting set of characters or settings. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.
Cleopatra is a name that automatically conjures certain images thanks to Hollywood. Unfortunately, thanks to the adage that the victors record the histories, all that exists are myths and tall tales when it comes to her true self. Portrayed as a harlot and a witch who used magic and sex to lure two ...