Stacy Schiff has written a book delving into the life of Cleopatra in a way that hasn’t been done for a while. Schiff focuses more on the ruler’s character and political skill than the Hollywood version many of us are familiar with. (This view corresponds to a National Geographic article I read recently on Cleopatra that showed a physical reconstruction of her face. The contention of the article was that she won over Marc Antony and Julius Caesar not with her beauty, but with her forceful and charming personality.)
For links to a fascinating major exhibit by National Geographic at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia click here.