A Life

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­Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnet, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends.

In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2010.
Edition: Library edition.
ISBN: 9780307877390
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital.
Additional Contributors: Miles, Robin

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May 21, 2019

I picked this up thinking I probably won't finish it, but it was phenomenal research and made for a wonderful walk in the history of Cleopatra. I finished it having more respect for the woman she was - in the period in which she lived. She was ahead of her time and seemed to accomplish more than a thousand like-minded women over the ages; thus her name stood the test of time. Highly recommended if you enjoy historical research.

May 13, 2019

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Mar 31, 2019

Absolutely LOVED this! Incredibly fascinating story of an amazing woman and Queen. Very well researched and brilliantly read by Robin Miles. Well Done! I opted for the audio format and loved it. Very Recommended.

Jul 13, 2018

Claudia Schiff writes brilliantly and beautifully about this fascinating historical character, Cleopatra. The book is well-researched and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s occasional, drily witty observations. Please read this book - it’s wonderful!

May 15, 2018

One of the best biographies ever written about one of the most interesting people in history, Check this out NOW.

Cmlibrary_MDodds Mar 17, 2016

The reader does a very good job keeping the listener engaged. I enjoy the author's writing style; a captivating non-fiction.

Sep 27, 2015

Very good biography - very moving story. I felt like Cleopatra was an old friend by the end of it. Robin Miles is an excellent narrator too.

Jun 18, 2015

Wonderful biography, wonderfully read. A very enjoyable audio book.

Nov 11, 2013

Informational & entertaining view of one of my favorite women in history.

Doradiva Feb 04, 2013

This is a brilliant book, a story of a remarkable life and period of world history.

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