Cleopatra: Empress of the Nile

Cleopatra: Empress of the Nile

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by Ron Miller
     
 
Who was Cleopatra, the final Egyptian pharaoh and the last independent ruler of her kingdom . . .

A ruthless seductress? A brilliant political strategist? For centuries, Cleopatra's life has been surrounded by melodramatic mystery and romantic myths, depicted everywhere from Shakespearan drama to Hollywood extravaganzas.

In this elegantly illustrated

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Who was Cleopatra, the final Egyptian pharaoh and the last independent ruler of her kingdom . . .

A ruthless seductress? A brilliant political strategist? For centuries, Cleopatra's life has been surrounded by melodramatic mystery and romantic myths, depicted everywhere from Shakespearan drama to Hollywood extravaganzas.

In this elegantly illustrated book, Ron Miller and Sommer Browning look at the life and legends of the powerful queen. At 17, she found herself sharing the Egyptian throne with her 11-year-old brother. Cleopatra's romantic and political union with the mighty Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, made her one of the most powerful women in history. But she was a young woman who clearly had ambitions of her own-ambitions that did not necessarily include Rome. After Caesar's assassination, politician and general Mark Antony fell in love with Cleopatra, and their ensuing relationship was known for its opulence and excesses. Miller and Browning also detail the tragedy and enigma of Cleopatra's last days, as well as her portrayals in historical accounts, films, paintings, and plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435144507
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
08/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
957,626
File size:
67 MB
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Cleopatra: Empress of the Nile 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
It's a short, easy read, with lots of historical information, and many absolutely stunning pictures on high quality paper. I highly recommend it, BUT... It makes certain statements, such as that Cleopatra was blonde, without offering any argument or reasoning for it. There is/was sloppy proofing/fact-checking that detracts from it. It refers to Caesar being 31 when he met Cleopatra, when he was 51. In explaining Mark Antony's marital configurations, in one place it explains that he was married to Fulvia when he met Cleopatra and begat their twins. Fulvia then died, and he married Octavia, had two daughters and started a third with her, then he returned to Cleopatra. This is clear in one section, but in another it states that Antony was already married to Octavia when he met Cleopatra. In another place it mixes up Caesar's wife Calpurnia with an earlier Caesar wife. Granted these affairs are confusing, but that's why a reader would want a RELIABLE reference book. So I'd like to rate this book higher, and it's certainly worth having for the gorgeous collection of prints alone, but any reader would need to check a second source to verify the historical facts as presented here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago