Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

While slightly difficult to get through at first, Schiff's biography of Cleopatra picks up about a quarter of the way through and delves into even the tiniest details of the most famous queen of Egypt's world. It was amazing to learn about the politics, culture and traditions of those times, and I was left with a much deeper knowledge of not only Cleopatra but of ancient Rome as well. The myth of Cleopatra as a wicked seductress is shattered and replaced with a picture of an incredibly intelligent, strategic and adored empress who ruled her kingdom with skill and passion.

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Review submitted by Ashley Kemp, Special Events
Rating: Recommended  

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