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Cleopatra

Jacob Abbott

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Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesar that solidified her grip on the throne. After Caesar's assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar's legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus. This is a biography of the famous Cleopatra of Egypt, written in a manner, equally interesting to children and to adults.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The name of the architect was Sostratus. He was a Greek. The monarch was, as has already been stated, the second Ptolemy, called commonly Ptolemy Philadelphus. Ptolemy ordered that, in completing the tower, a marble tablet should be built into the wall, at a suitable place near the summit, and that a proper inscription should be carved upon it, with his name as the builder of the edifice conspicuous thereon. Sostratus preferred inserting his own name. He accordingly made the tablet and set it in its place. He cut the inscription upon the face of it, in Greek characters, with his own name as the author of the work. He did this secretly, and then covered the face of the tablet with an artificial composition, made with lime, to imitate the natural surface of the stone. On this outer surface he cut a new inscription, in which he inserted the name of the king. In process of time the lime moldered away, the king's inscription disappeared, and his own, which thenceforward continued as long as. . . Read More

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A biography of Cleopatra, a bit more restrained than some later ones, but heavily dependent on Roman sources. This means that Cleopatra is a genius, a wicked woman who studies the effects of poison on her prisoners, and a mistress of the arts of seduction. I recently read a bio based on Arabic so...more

listened to the Libervox recording. Learned a lot. this book went into great details. if I was reading it I may have gotten overwhelmed with the info and the deviations from the main story, however listening to it was fascinating.

Now I know where is Game of Thrones inspired from!!
It has been told in the most concise and crisp manner, not leaving any detail yet not boring the reader (layman) with too many historical facts either.

• When we talk about The Cleopatra, we should know that there were 6 Cleopatras before her.

• She was the last known Cleopatra in the history who ruled her Empire. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes (The illegitimate son Ptolemy IX). She shared the Throne with her brother; Ptolemy XIII w...more

Superb and strong!!!!

Written in a very inimitable and flowing style. You can't put it d. Loved every page every word. A must read. It's more like a great novel than what could have become a tedious history text.

It is clear to me that Cleopatra should be included on a list of nastiest people in history. Calling her a vixen does grave injustice to the fox species. She came close to bringing down two nations. For her amusement, she watched various poisons administered to prisoners, watching their effects,...more

I would have recommended the name of the book "History of Egypt and Greece" than "History of Cleopatra" as very less facts about Cleopatra but overall good summery of history about Egypt, Greece and neighbouring places.

كليوباترا ..أحد أهم ملكات التاريخ وأحد شخصياتي النسائية المفضلة
ربما سابقٱ..
چاكوب أبوت يتتبع في هذا الكتاب حياة كليوباترا ،لكن ليس من بدايتها ،بل من قبل بدايتها ؛فيبدأ الكتاب بتاريخ البطالمة في مصر وممارساتهم الغريبة ،ويتعرض لجغرافيا مصر ثم يصل إلي حياة كليوباترا.
هذا الكتاب جاذب لأبعد الحدود ،الت...more

Written in the 19th century by a Christian, the book (understandably) have several paragraphs dedicated to praise the superiority of said religion, and at many points it criticizes "the heathens". Obviously, these should all be taken with more than a grain of salt.

Cleopatra, the titular character...more

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