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Cleopatra: A Lifeby Stacy Schiff
I'm rather sure that all three of Stacy Schiff's previous works have been nominated for some award or another. With a pedigree like that, you know that her latest biography is bound to be a must-read. Stripping away all the previous misconceptions about this fascinating queen, Schiff dazzles us with another Cleopatra: a canny, capable, and charismatic ruler working against the tide to preserve her nation. A riveting and compelling read. Recommended for all and any history buffs.
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Shakespeare, Dryden, and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Delacroix and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. But before her story was dramatized, it was lived. At only 18, the young woman known as Cleopatra was already one of history's most remarkable figures: the Queen of Egypt. A canny political strategist, a brilliant manager, a tough negotiator, and the most manipulative of lovers, Cleopatra ruled with a potent mix of intelligence, money, and charm. Although her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. A dangerous power struggle with her brother marked her early adulthood and set the tone for the rest of her life. A relationship with Caesar, forged while under siege in her palace, launched her into a deadly mix of romance and strategy: a pleasure cruise down the Nile followed, as did a trip to Rome, which Cleopatra fled after Caesar's brutal murder. A nine-year affair with Marc Antony marked her final years: together the lovers had three children and attempted to forge a new empire, before Augustus declared war on Cleopatra. Finally, Cleopatra's doomed last year brought to fruition a life rich with political and sexual intrigue, throwing together the men of her past: Antony, Herod, and Augustus.Pulitzer prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff accomplishes a feat that has eluded artists and writers for centuries--capturing the queen as she really was. Schiff weaves together sex and celebrity, empire and politics in a story that is as contemporary as it is ancient, capturing fully for the first time the operatic power of Cleopatra's life and reign.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.
Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, 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. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. 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. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his prot
About the Author
Stacy Schiff is the author of V
Table of Contents
Introduction: That Egyptian woman — Dead men don't bite — Cleopatra captures the old man by magic — The golden age never was the present age — Man is by nature a political creature — We must often shift the sails when we wish to arrive in port — An object of gossip for the whole world — Illicit affairs and bastard children — The wickedest woman in history.
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