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Ious sister as well 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 Antony among the most prominent Romans of the day Both were married to other women Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and–after his murder–three with his protégé Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age The two would together attempt to forge a new empire in an alliance that spelled their ends Cleopatra has lodged hers Perhaps of all the historic characters we think we know but don t Cleopatra ranks at the top of the list Sometimes a legend is so well known that we lose track of the fact that a real human being was living this story fighting these battles and harboring these emotions What an extraordinary person she must have been to have lived through so much in her short thirty nine years and to have influenced history in the way that she did First fact that I did not know She was Cleopatra VII There were five before her but someone screwed up the count and she was officially 7 I think we would all agree that regardless of that fact there was only ONE Cleopatra Nothing like her has existed since the year 30 BC She was the exceptional woman who knew how to play with the men and come out on top She was absolutely as smart as she was beautiful and probably so since her beauty is not mentioned as often as her charm She came to power in what might be termed a cruel and ruthless manner being directly involved in the death of her siblings but reality is that it was a matter of survival than choice That her fate became linked with Marc Antony s might have as much to do with playing the political game as it ever did with love or passion She bore him three children however and it is hard to imagine that she did not feel very strong bonds with him beyond those of their interlaced political ambitions There exists but one word actually written by Cleopatra herself Everything we know of her comes to us from other sources Cicero who despised her is a major source as is Plutarch who lived between 45 and 120 AD It takes a lot of research in multiple sources to assemble a true picture of her life and Stacy Schiff has done the work She has managed at the same time to make the account interesting and never boring or stale In the final insult to my knowledge of Cleopatra I learned that it was most likely NOT an asp that killed her The story does however date back to almost the moment of her death and was spread by Octavian for his own reasons It fit so perfectly with the legend that already begun to spin around her and the images that were associated with the Ptolemies that it stuck like glue Before her came Eve Medusa Electra and the Erinyes when a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere Says Schiff It explains well why historians preferred to pass along the fiction instead of the truth Our fascination with Cleopatra has only increased as a result she is all the mythic for her disappearance The holes in the story keep us under her spell She bewitches us from beyond the grave perhaps because we know so little about her personally and that gives us a blank slate on which we can write our own version of Cleopatra Having now finished this biography I am anxious to find time to revisit my favorite Cleopatra story the one penned by William Shakespeare I will read it with an eye to how it differs from the truths we know about this enigmatic woman Lardżelka men They happen however to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony among the Beauty Ravished most prominent Romans of the day Both were Reviving the Broken Marionette married to other women Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and–after his Service Book ... of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America murder–three with his protégé Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, most influential woman of the age The two would together attempt to forge a new empire in an alliance that spelled their ends Cleopatra has lodged hers Perhaps of all the historic characters we think we know but don t Cleopatra ranks at the top of the list Sometimes a legend is so well known that we lose track of the fact that a real human being was living this story fighting these battles and harboring these emotions What an extraordinary person she Look Again must have been to have lived through so Alle vi børn i Bulderby. 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The Pulitzer Prize winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world Cleopatra the last ueen of EgyptHer Cleopatra A Kindle palace shimmered with onyx garnets and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue Above all else Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiatorThough her life spanned fewer than forty years it reshaped the contours of the ancient world She was married twice each time to a brother She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers She poisoned the second Ultimately she dispensed with an ambit So far I am very disappointed in this book by a Pulitzer Prize winning author She uses very long paragraphs that should have been divided She puts her points embedded so that it s hard for a reader to see what she intends to be significant There are clever pieces that are not at all clever The author says she will not create material but may create context from other sources but she does not give the reader cues For example in Chapter II she goes on and on about Cleopatra s education including details about her oral reading her rhetorical skills etc for at least 6 pages then finally she cites Plutarch for her end point educational achievements most of which have been given over and over in other work about CleopatraI appreciated the author s judgments about the difficulties of a Greek speaker learning Egyptian of that era demotic and formal compared with the difficulties of an Egyptian speaker learning Greek But I did not find her showing evidence whether or not these were generalizations or actually the case with CleopatraI also found boring the detailed accounts of the Ptolemies intermarriages of the ruthless executions of family members in line of succession and of the conflict brought on by the Macedonia ancestry of the Ptolemies including Cleopatra simply because there are other sources for this I see I have written one of those sentences that I have blamed Schiff for Blush This book may be useful for readers who haven t studied Cleopatra Julius Caesar Marc Antony etc before I also consider it useful for the broader discussion of the many women of educational achievement of this era I also found her description of the Alexandrian library and the tutorscholars making use of it during her education I m going to give the author another chapter and if it doesn t improve I ll put it aside for other sourcesAddition August 2011 I have read parts of the book now and still have the same reactions I am hoping some other Goodreads reviews will point me to uniue useful and artistic aspects of this prizewinning historical fiction

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Elf in our imaginations ever sinceFamous 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 Cleopatra’s supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost In a masterly return to the classical sources Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic ueen whose death ushered in a new world order Rich in detail epic in scope Schiff ‘s is a luminous deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life This was incredible The depth in which Stacy Schiff took her book is incredible both in scope as well as in narrative prowess She takes a story that has been told countless times and meticulously shows how that picture we all have of Cleopatra the last Ptolemaic ueen has been influenced and changed over the centuries and what might be the truth underneath all the propaganda And she does it with wry wit and a wonderful sense of pacingI obviously knew the bare bones of the story going in Cleopatra smuggling herself into Caesar s camp having a child with him Caesar being killed Et tu Brute her having children with Marc Antony Civil War between Marc Antony and Octavian her death by snake venom but Stacy Schiff showed me how large the holes in my knowledge are in fact I am in absolute awe of this achievement in research and in story telling Sometimes the details got a little bit overwhelming but overall Schiff manages to comprise this crucial part of history into a narrative that left me engaged until the very endWhat struck me most while listening to this book was how very different the Romans were my history teachers always emphasized the Roman Empire as the birth place of Europe as we know it but Schiff shows exactly how different Roman culture if from my own The actions some of these men took make literally no sense from a modern viewpoint and Schiff makes no attempt to give them other reasonings except for the ones written down by the actors themselves Marc Antony in particular often acts in a way that seems highly illogical but obviously makes sense in the cultural framework I have a lot to think about now about the way in which I view the world mostlyI also take away from this book a whole new appreciation of Cleopatra she is my hero she was clever and shrewed and witty and apparently so charismatic that men promised her the world I just wish we had things she had written herself because even though this is her story it is also always framed by the men in her life and many of them did not appreciate her in the slightest

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • Cleopatra A Life
  • Stacy Schiff
  • English
  • 11 July 2019
  • 9780316001922

About the Author: Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra Mrs Vladimir Nabokov winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint Exupéry a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Cleopatra A Kindle - Improvisation Franklin France and the Birth of America winner of the George Washington Book Prize the Ambassador Award in American Studies and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amériue All three were New York Times Notable Books;.



10 thoughts on “Cleopatra A Life

  1. says:

    First and foremost this is a history book The plot is taken from real time 2000 years ago It hasn't been bloate

  2. says:

    So far I am very disappointed in this book by a Pulitzer Prize winning author She uses very long paragraphs that should have been divided She puts her points embedded so that it's hard for a reader to see what she intends to be significant There are clever pieces that are not at all clever The author says she will not create materia

  3. says:

    Beginning a month or forty days of biographies I thought I would work through this buddy read In her biography of Cleopatra Schiff takes the reader along a winding adventure into the world before the Common Era where actions to unite came at the cost of land and life both bloody endeavours Born into the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt Cleopatra was of Macedonia Greek origin at a time of much political and geographic change H

  4. says:

    Stacy Schiff has a serious girl crush on Cleopatra If you want to read 300 pages about how awesome ueen Cleo was then this is the book for you

  5. says:

    Perhaps of all the historic characters we think we know but don’t Cleopatra ranks at the top of the list Sometimes a legend is so well known that we lose track of the fact that a real human being was living this

  6. says:

    Released to rave reviews and the full packaging monty of its publisher Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra took the NYT by storm in 2011 remaining there for months And no wonder This kamikaze of masterly writing meticulous and thorough research and humanizing hand of the author did a spectacular job of unmasking the woman behind t

  7. says:

    Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra A Life is speculative borderline revisionist history It is unabashedly pro Cleopatra and ya know what That's okaySchiff looks at all the historical accounts many of which did not paint the Egyptian ueen in a kindly light and attempts to distort the image so that the portrait favors her subject muc

  8. says:

    number one thing that I learned from Cleopatra A Life was this I had deceived myself in thinking I knew anything about her before reading this book Stacy Schiff digs deep into the life of one of the most well known yet mi

  9. says:

    This was incredible The depth in which Stacy Schiff took her book is incredible both in scope as well as in narrative prowess She takes a story that has been told countless times and meticulously shows how that picture we all have of Cleopatra the last Ptolemaic ueen has been influenced and changed over the centuries and what might be the truth underneath all the propaganda And she does it with wry wit and a

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    HISTORY'S MOST ENIGMATIC WOMAN COME TO LIFE✨ Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019✨ ✨✨A book by an author whose first and last name start with the same letter✨✨Biographies can fall into one of two categories academic or enter

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