CLEOPATRA OF EGYPT by Leonora Hornblow


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Perhaps it is because Cleopatra has been the subject of so many highly fictionalized biographies that one which sticks close to the facts seems curiously flat by comparison. There is some incorporation here of fable into fact; but in general motivations are implied by action rather than supplied by the author, and conjectural dialogue is kept to a minimum. Best feature: communication of the inevitability of events, from Cleopatra's early demonstration of the Ptolemaic lust for power to final defeat at the hands of Octavius, who is posed from birth in natural opposition to her ambitions. Readable enough, the book adds nothing to facts already well known, stays safely close to the surface of its characters.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Random House-World Landmark