- A Life
- Narrated by: Carole Boyd
- Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-12-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and she poisoned the second. 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 Anthony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a son with Caesar and - after his murder, three more with his protégé.
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way the supple personality has been lost. 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 a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff’s is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
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By Andrew on 11-06-11
Poetically written, fascinating content and the ideal narrator- found it hard to stop listening! And made me rethink aspects of Roman and Egyptian history as well as the historical perspective of Cleopatra.
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By Souzan on 04-10-13
Excellent for studying Cleo
I found this book incredibly helpful for learning about Cleopatra. Really easy to understand and well written.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful