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Cleopatra: The Egyptian Queen: The Entire Life Story

Narrated by: Lizzie Richards
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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Summary

Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, nominally survived as pharaoh by her son Caesarion. She was also a diplomat, naval commander, polyglot, and medical author. As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder, Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.

Inside you’ll learn about:

  • Rome comes to Egypt
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Assassination
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • An Alexandrian idyll
  • Dusk approaches
  • And much more!

Julius Caesar maintained a private affair with Cleopatra that produced a son, Caesarion (Ptolemy XV). When Caesar was assassinated, Cleopatra attempted to have Caesarion named as his heir, but this fell instead to Caesar's grandnephew Octavian. In the Liberators' civil war Cleopatra sided with the Roman Second Triumvirate formed by Octavian, Mark Antony, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. Cleopatra had an affair with Antony that would eventually produce three children: Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene II, and Ptolemy Philadelphus. Octavian's forces invaded Egypt and defeated those of Antony, leading to his suicide. When Cleopatra learned that Octavian planned to bring her to Rome for his triumphal procession, she committed suicide by poisoning, the popular belief being that she was bitten by an asp.

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Very good book.


"Cleopatra: The Egyptian Queen: The Entire Life Story" was a very good book. If you enjoy historical fiction, this will make you pretty happy. The author did a good job taking you back in time and giving you a feel for the time, place, and astonishing historical events

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A beautiful book

A beautiful book. There are some books that are pleasure to listen. This book is this kind of book.

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Amazing History of Cleopatra

This book is a history of Cleopatra. The author makes the telling very intersting and she does try to be fair in presenting differing sides. I was quite ignorant about Cleopatra before this really only associating her with Elizabeth Taylor. The story fasinated me and I ended up in awe of her. She was truly a incredible woman and was the 1st strong woman in history.

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Roman Empire

The deep analysis of the relationships between Cleopatra, Caesar, and Antony were quite interesting and the perspective of the author on the Ptolemiac Queen was very informative personally and historically. I do have a limited background into the history of the period and the book was accurate, and in addition quite riviting.

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Don't miss it!


Brilliant book. Brings the era & subject magically to life. Its almost like listening a drama plot of ancient times.

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Egypt

I have been a fan of ancient Egypt for many decades and have visited twice. However, I learned lots and lots of information about Cleopatra. Easy to understand, and very rewarding.

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A beautiful queen

A world famous historical figure bough to life in this book. The vividness and description chronicling the life and times of cleoapatra is breathtaking and truly mesmerizing. Listening the book describing an ancient world of power and intrigue which seems no different than the grandstanding practiced by the rulers and politicians of today.

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A very intelligent and seductive woman

Since very little is known about Cleopatra, this book is more about Caesar and Marc Anthony and how Cleopatra's movements in the world can be extrapolated from theirs. The implication is that Cleo was a very intelligent and seductive woman, worldly, wise, and a brilliant politician. She's definitely on my list of historical figures I'd like to meet.

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Full of information


As the author states, there is little documented information about Cleopatra so most of this is based on guess work and assumption gleaned from what others at the time would have lived and done. It's not a beach book but instead a scholarly investigation into her life and times. I love history so this is a great book for me but it's not an easy light book to listen. You really get to know her life and times - she is not the myth of Elizabeth Taylor fame but instead a remarkable woman in a difficult time.

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Very interesting.


Very interesting. Love the background approach to her history. I developed a real appreciation for Cleopatra's capabilities, and the climate of that era, where just surviving as a ruler was an achievement.

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  • 27-09-19

From a woman's perspective


History, woven into a story, written in such detail that the reader can picture life in Egypt and Rome during that period. The author offers much more than what has been presented about Cleopatra in the past. She is not portrayed just at the mistress of Caeser and Marc Anthony, but also as a ruler of a nation who shrewdly makes alliances to do what is in the best interest of Egypt. Author presents a well rounded picture of the Queen and the time period.

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  • Barbara
  • 27-09-19

Amazing


Overall, I quite enjoyed this book and learned A LOT about Cleopatra that I didn't know before. A beautiful book. Enjoyable listening.

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  • Mia
  • 27-09-19

A beautiful book

This is exactly what I would look for in a book like that - a biography of a more a less well-known historical figure from an author who is not his or her contemporary and therefore working of various sources. I would love to see independent opinion, commentary, point of view, angle. Got all of it

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  • Ava
  • 27-09-19

This is a beautifully written book


This is a beautifully written book. I really respected the fact that the author worked as hard as she did to present historically accurate depictions of some of the most fanciful characters of the classical period. I liked the realism, the honesty, and the care with which it was written.

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  • Avice
  • 27-09-19

A fascinating listen

Buy this fascinating account not only to appreciate more fully a historically misunderstood figure, but gain an understanding of the events and characters surrounding her in this riveting tale.

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  • Ayden
  • 27-09-19

Good Listen about Cleopatra


This book is not a novel. You get a good description of Cleopatra. I have more respect for her since listening this boom.

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  • Daewon
  • 27-09-19

Fascinating book


I had, in the course of my education, studied some of what author writes about, but I have never listen anything that brought it all together. This doesn't listen like a history book, but like a novel. It's the writing itself that makes this book so vivid.

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  • Dailud
  • 27-09-19

Great Story

Though written in a chatty florid manner, this book is full of very interesting observations and facts of history. She has done a lot of research, and maybe feels that it must be disguised in valley-girl talk to make it accessible to the masses; I found it very worthwhile to slog through the writing in the beginning, and was fascinated by her telling.

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  • Janson
  • 27-09-19

Good book


But the book is so good that I have to have it for my library, so I am writing off the first loss and glad to purchasing it a second time. Very good book.

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  • Besos
  • 27-09-19

Couldn't wait to listen

I love Egyptian history. At times it can get a bit slow but that is true for any story that takes place in history. Then there are moments where it is a real page turner. It just depends on your fondness of Cleopatra. I am enjoying this book, it delves into a world we can imagine about and through this book we get a taste of that time in history.