Cleopatra cover image Cleopatra, A Life

Stacy Schiff
People & Profiles
Little, Brown & Company, 2010
Hardcover - 384 pages

So, forget about the devastatingly beautiful, one-dimensional seductress of popular history and myth and welcome one of the great leaders - man or woman – of all time. That is what Pulitzer Prize biographer Stacy Shiff does for Cleopatra with meticulous historiography and astonishingly luminous writing. Not only is Cleopatra herself recast as an enormously powerful and competent player in some the most titanic political events ever, but those in the supporting roles - including Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, King Herod and others - are revealed in a fresh and provocative way. This is an epic work destined to be a classic.