“Excellent biography with just the right amount of scholarly details and footnotes, but not too overwhelming for the lay reader! The names and dates can get a bit confusing, especially as everyone is named Ptolemy, but a fantastic book overall!”see full review » see other reviews »
“Excellent biography with just the right amount of scholarly details and footnotes, but not too overwhelming for the lay reader! The names and dates can get a bit confusing, especially as everyone is named Ptolemy, but a fantastic book overall! ”Alisha L wrote this review Tuesday, March 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a nice readable book on a historical accurate story of Cleopatra. It’s fascinating how about just how much the modern world doesn’t have an accurate view of Cleopatra and yet almost everyone’s heard about her and knows the myth of her story. We’ll probably never have the facts of her life, but this book really brought a lot of light to an often repeated story.
For a history book, it makes for good leisure reading, even though the chapters on historical background may be little much for the casual reader. I really appreciate how the author made this a light and readable book.
“A biography of Cleopatra VII. Tyldesley is an Egyptologist and the author of a number of popularly written but accurate books on Egypt (ones I have read include The Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Daughters of Isis, Hatshepsut: The Female Pharaoh, Nefertiti: The Sun Queen, and Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharoah). This biography is in the same tradition; it deals with the little that is actually known about the famous Cleopatra, and avoids the usual romanticism one finds in other popular biographies.”James F wrote this review Saturday, December 26, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a wonderful book of non-fiction, but all in all the author conveys quite clearly that no matter how much research is performed on this enigmatic being, no one really knows what the real Cleopatra was like and if some of the lore is indeed true. In addition, there were so many female leaders baring the same name of Cleopatra, it is difficult to decipher which historical facts lead to which at times. None-the-less it is still is worth reading and provides a lot of other biographical, religious and demographical data relating to the city of Alexandria, culture within it, and the neighboring towns of Egypt. I am 3/4 of the way through and find that it can be used as a historical reference many times over. ”Satie A wrote this review Friday, November 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No