patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman
women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent
and free from Roman control — at any price necessary. Demonized as a
simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future
Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved
herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman
world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
special Easter egg for Doctor Who fans.
I discovered this series long after its first book. As I mentioned several times before (and I will keep on mentioning, with the risk of becoming annoying), this is the beauty of a book blogger – discovering books and having the amazing opportunity to read and review them directly from the source, or helping promote them in any way we can.
“Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh” contains some of the most important moments of Cleopatra’s life – the amazing, beautiful and intelligent Cleopatra. In just a little under 100 pages we have the opportunity to learn a little more of her life, of Egyptian and Roman history. Some of you guys may ask: why do I care? Why is she so important and why should she be of interest to me? Well the author captures in this short book how exceptional the Pharaoh was, how her beauty attracted many, but her heart had room for only one. We see how loved she was and how she returned this affection with intelligence.
There are so many articles and books out there about her and about the many amazing women of our history and Laurel A. Rockefeller’s story is just one of the great ones. In the form of a narration, the author tells her life and speaks of her love and loveless marriage. I must admit I wanted to know so much more and I wanted more details. I am frustrated over the small amount of pages we have. But in my opinion, the author reached her purpose, that of making me – the reader – more curious and more eager to know more. I can only thank her for that and bow my head for the respect she is showing to one of the greatest minds history has seen.
I do invite you to go through the series and discover the many other amazing personalities that have shaped our world.
On a more personal note:
Cleopatra is my inspiration. Her intelligence, her way of talking, her love of people and culture is something I have always appreciated. She is power and beauty and has managed to gain the respect of many. Read about her, read about the good things she did, read about the mischievous aspects as well.
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide.
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.
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