I love this book!
A powerful understanding the life of Cleopatria from an historical understanding of the times and culture of her time. No doubt the her life is more powerful than her legend.
This was a great read. It's one of those history books that reads more like a novel. It was a bit depressing toward the end, but it's not the author's fault but that is how Cleopatra's life unfolded. The narrator was excellent.
This book came recommended to me by Blue from Overly Sarcastic Productions.
I find the recommendation very much worth it as Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff puts a lot of Cleopatra into perspective, taking her from legend written about in the perspective of men to a living, breathing person with success as well as failure. That, more than anything, makes this work wonderful in my opinion.
By giving context to Cleopatra's life history, and circumstances, Cleopatra comes across more alive than ever. If you find yourself finding her to be a marvel and deifying this ruler for her education, work, and effort, then you have only come to appreciate her a fraction as Pulitzer Prize winning Stacy Schiff has I think.
Give it a listen. It is worth the time. This is one biography I know I'll be buying in hardback soon enough.
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