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The Search for Cleopatra: The True Story of History's Most Intriguing Woman
 
 
Author
Michael Foss.
Publisher Arcade  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781611453331
Pages/Publication Date 192/2011
Daedalus Item Code 22425
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"Is there any historical basis to the myriad myths and legends surrounding the eternally fascinating Queen of the Nile? [Michael] Foss believes there is, and his insightful biography re-creates not only her life, but also offers a panorama of ancient Egyptian history from the death of Alexander the Great, in 323 BC, to 30 BC, when Cleopatra died. Foss's absorbing description of Egyptian politics, culture and religion in the two centuries of Ptolemaic rule preceding Cleopatra's birth is tightly packed with information, notable for its clarity and brevity. From the time she became queen at the age of 18, Cleopatra was a strong leader, ruthless with her enemies, including members of her own family, but careful to identify herself with the spirit of ordinary Egyptians. But Egypt was an unruly kingdom on the decline, and just as Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy XIII were about to actually set to, the Roman legions marched in, setting the stage for Cleopatra's ascendancy and her romance with Julius Caesar. Cleopatra had good reason to suspect Rome's intentions toward her country, but had little option save to form an alliance. She stayed with Caesar until his murder in 44 BC, and when the ensuing power struggle awarded Egypt to Marc Antony, history—and Cleopatra—repeated herself. While the art and myth of Cleopatra's life are extensive, the historical record is frustratingly limited. Still, Foss makes vivid use of what's available and, thankfully, without trying to shoehorn history into a political agenda."—Publishers Weekly
 
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