by Michael Grant

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Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was also a scholar, murderer, lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and one of the most remarkable women in history.

The distinguished historian and classicist Michael Grant confirms that her reputation as a temptress was well-founded. However, by unravelling the sources behind the tangle of myth, gossip and invention he shows that the popular image of a wayward woman opting for a life of sensuous luxury and neglecting her affairs of state is far from the truth.

A brilliant linguist and the first of her Greek-speaking dynasty who learned Egyptian, she was reputed to be the author of treatises on agriculture, make-up and alchemy. Her love affairs were carefully calculated to further her plans to restore her empire to its former greatness and she was a ruthless foe to all who stood in her way.

But dead on her golden couch in the palace at Alexandria her life seemed to have ended in failure; her dreams of empire shattered; her lover Mark Antony a suicide himself and she a prisoner of her conqueror Octavian.

An unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary queen and her stormy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780221144
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 07/14/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 426,132
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Grant (1914-2004) was a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. He held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He was a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and was a Medallist of the American Numismatic Society.

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Cleopatra 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written and interesting biography, showing how the political relationship between Egypt as a rich, independent state and the ever encroaching Roman Empire intertwined with the subject's personal relations with Caesar and Antony. The Ptolemaic dynasty is truly alien to those of us much more familiar with European royal families.
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This is the most carefully researched, accurately documented life of Cleopatra I have ever read. With all the distortions of her life history has preserved, it's extremely important to get a clear, truthful picture of who she really was and Michael Grant has painted that revealing portrait. It's all there. The dangerous Ptolemy family life, the policies she was raised to adhere to and her acension to power. This woman was not the 'voluptuous harlot' history likes to trivialize her as, but a woman intelligent enough, amibitious enough and rich enough to rule half the world and charm the two most powerful men in the world at that time. I would hope this would be the way Cleopatra VII would be remembered. Thanks to Michael Grant, we have a clear telescope to peek back in time.
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