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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:248
  • eBook ISBN:9781098333652
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098333645

The Legend of Naughty Cleopatra, Egypt’s Last and Most Glorious Queen

As Related by Herself and Others, Chief Among Them Rome’s Mark Antony

by Tom Andersson

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Is Cleopatra a feminist? Some powerful people in Rome are quite concerned about what they see as a new Egyptian threat. And what is that loose cannon by the name of Mark Antony up to? And then there are also Octavius and Lepidus, Antony's brothers in empire, but both with plans of their own. Must Rome's first women Octavia and Fulvia follow the dictates of any of those men? Must Cleopatra?
Men are from Rome, women are from Egypt. Or so they say. Send a few Roman legions to Gaul, Greece, or Carthage, and the Empire's triumph is all but assured. The legendary Pharaoh Cleopatra, however, is a most puzzling challenge, her weapons beyond men's cunning. She calls her ways "femininity-culture-love," and rare is the soldier who knows how to counter those. While this book roughly follows the Shakespearean story of Antony and Cleopatra and can be regarded as a historical novel, it is a Tristram Shandy of a historical novel: philosophical and other digressions abound. But what is philosophy without romance, the head without the heart? Love of women, love of men, and love of ancient Egypt and Egyptology all have their many moments. And since our world is also one of war, there is that, too; yet it is tempered by being mostly a war of words, fought by sages and pundits whose language is such that we must think them escapees from our think tanks and television sets — colonialism, never change! All in all, a novel for readers who long for something new.
About the author
University years spent in Zurich and Dublin. M.A. in English and German literature. Capable of being funny once in a while.