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Cleopatra

The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity

by Alberto Angela, Katherine Gregor

On Sale: 03/23/2021

Price: $28.99

Cleopatra

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Cleopatra

The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity

by Alberto Angela, Katherine Gregor

On Sale: 03/23/2021

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Price: $28.99

About the Book

One of Italy’s most revered cultural figures reconstructs the extraordinary life of the legendary Cleopatra at the height of her power in this epic story of passion, intrigue, betrayal, and war.

Our world today would not be the same without Cleopatra. While she is one of the most famous figures in history, the legendary Egyptian queen remains, in many ways, an enigma. In this mesmerizing history, Alberto Angela offers a fresh and dynamic portrait of this extraordinary ruler, revealing a strikingly modern woman born in an ancient era and skilled in the art of diplomacy and war, who would conquer the heart of a general—Marc Antony—and Rome itself.

Cleopatra focuses on a twenty-year period that marked a sweeping change in Roman history, beginning with the assassination of Julius Caesar that led to the end of the Republic, and ending with the suicides of Antony and Cleopatra and the birth of the Augustan Empire. Angela brings the people, stories, customs, and traditions of this fascinating period alive as he transports us to the chaotic streets of the capital of the ancient world, the exotic port of Alexandria in Egypt, and to the bloody battlefields where an empire was won and lost. 

Meticulously researched and rich with vivid detail, this sweeping history, reminiscent of the works of Simon Schama, Mary Beard’s SPQR, and Tom Holland’s Rubicon, recreates this remarkable era and the woman at its turbulent center.

Critical Praise

“Maybe we think we know everything about this charming woman, yet Alberto Angela, with his thirst for art and culture, will tell us things that will perhaps surprise us and surely remain in our minds and hearts.”  - Roberto Baldini, Sololibri

Cleopatra is more than a book; it is like being immersed in a documentary expertly narrated by the one Italian who can do it best: Alberto Angela. […] Written well, in a precise and engaging way, it reads lightly despite the topics covered.”  - Silvia Capelletto, Leggere A Colori

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062984210
  • ISBN 10: 0062984217
  • Imprint: HarperVia
  • On Sale: 03/23/2021
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.370 in (d)
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price: $28.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Africa / North
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / Women