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Cleopatra - A Life

Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Her 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 negotiator. Though 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 ambitious 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 more 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 herself in our imaginations ever since. Famous 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 queen 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.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Her 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 negotiator. Though 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 ambitious 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 more 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 herself in our imaginations ever since. Famous 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 queen 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.
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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 queen of Egypt. Her 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 negotiator. Though 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 ambitious 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 more 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 herself in our imaginations ever since. Famous 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 queen 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Miles

Length:

14h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:52


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:47


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:32


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:14


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:09


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:14


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:58


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:51


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:31


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:50


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:33


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:36


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:01


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:40


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:58


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:41


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:56


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:10


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:42


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:42


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:03


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:08


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:41


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:54


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:03


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:32


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:08


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:08


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:54


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:38


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:05


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:54


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:17


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:38


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:59


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:16


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:03


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:45


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:24


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:12


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:13


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:48


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:30


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:00


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:49


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:49


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:12


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:55


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:37


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:45


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:34


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:39