By Stacy SchiffThe Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to lifestyles the main interesting lady within the heritage of the realm: Cleopatra, the final queen of Egypt.
Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, yet was once richer nonetheless in political and sexual intrigue. particularly else, Cleopatra was once a intelligent strategist and an inventive negotiator.
Though her lifestyles spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the traditional international. She was once married two times, at any time when to a brother. She waged a brutal civil struggle opposed to the 1st while either have been young ones. She poisoned the second one. eventually she allotted with an formidable sister besides; incest and assassination have been kin specialties. Cleopatra seems to have had intercourse with in basic terms males. They ensue, besides the fact that, to were Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, one of the such a lot well-known Romans of the day. either have been married to different ladies. Cleopatra had a baby with Caesar and--after his murder--three extra together with his protégé. Already she was once the wealthiest ruler within the Mediterranean; the connection with Antony proven her prestige because the so much influential lady of the age. the 2 could jointly try and forge a brand new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.
Famous lengthy earlier than she used to be infamous, Cleopatra has long past down in historical past for all of the mistaken purposes. Shakespeare and Shaw positioned phrases in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor positioned a face to her identify. alongside the way in which, Cleopatra's supple character and the drama of her situations were misplaced. In a masterly go back to the classical resources, Stacy Schiff the following boldly separates truth from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose loss of life ushered in a brand new international order. wealthy intimately, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply unique reconstruction of a stunning lifestyles.