Book Club Kit: Cleopatra

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
First Published: 2010
10 Copies & Reading Guide

To this day, Cleopatra proves to be one of the most important and controversial figures in ancient history. Married to both of her brothers, the first of which she defeated in a civil war before ordering the second’s murder, Cleopatra would also have affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and nearly tear the Roman Empire in two. However, author Stacy Schiff believes history has given Cleopatra a bad rap and sets out to tell the Egyptian queen’s true story.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Book Summary, Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times – “The Woman Who Had the World Enthralled” by Michiko Kakutani
The Washington Post – “Stacy Schiff’s New Biography of Cleopatra” reviewed by Marie Arana
Los Angeles Times – “Book Review” by Wendy Smith

Around the Web:
Author’s Website – Includes Videos, Essays, and more.
O, The Oprah Magazine – “Why Cleopatra Still Matters” – Stacy Schiff interviewed by Liza Nelson
The New York Times – “Cleopatra’s Guide to Good Governance” by Stacy Schiff
The Wall Street Journal – “Still Under Cleopatra’s Spell” by Stacy Schiff
National Geographic — Website for the Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt exhibit — it includes audio slide shows and maps about Cleopatra’s Egypt.

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