Friday, March 18, 2011

Queen of the Nile

Stacy's Schiff's biography of the charismatic and enormously powerful Cleopatra has graced the NYT bestseller list for over 18 weeks. Little wonder; the book is rich in detail but reads like a fast-paced novel. It also takes on the popular myths that surround the Queen of Egypt, providing a more balanced portrait of her life and times.

A great read by a Pulitzer-prize winning author.

Further Reading, Listening and Viewing
Cleopatra : Life & Death of a Pharaoh by Edith Flamarion
Cleopatra by Michael Grant (audio CD)
Cleopatra by Don Nardo (young adult & adult readers)
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley (for grade-school children)

... and let's not forget the classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Post by Bev Simmons

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Cleopatra: bas relief portrait of Cleopatra. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition.

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