69 – 30 BC

Cleopatra, Pharoah of Egypt, was a savvy politician and leader who made alliances, both romantic and political, with Rome. When Caesar was first in Egypt she rolled herself into a rug and had herself delivered to his quarters. Later she transitioned to Caesar’s aide Mark Antony with whom she had two children. Death by asp bite was her suicide of choice after the political climate in Rome switched to Caesar Augustus’ rule. Egypt subsequently became a Roman province.

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Stacy Schiff’s terrific book, Cleopatra: A Life was one of the reasons that I decided to do this book. I was totally enthralled by this queen of ancient Egypt and vivid visuals kept popping into my head.