The French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal once remarked, Cleopatra's nose. Had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed! Such was the legendary power and attraction of this most famous woman ruler that generations of artists, readers, writers, historians and poets have ensured that she remains immortal and unforgettable.Jacob Abbott's Cleopatra is a work of historical biography, told in a highly dramatic and gripping style. It brings the characters and the circumstances to vivid life, making it an entertaining read for people of all ages. The authentic rendering of ancient Rome, Egypt and the famous characters who played their part in this ancient drama are wonderfully depicted. The romance, betrayal, war, hatred, destruction, murder, the power and the glory of empire are all captured in this sweeping narrative. Abbot's brief preface gives a glimpse of how much this fabulous queen has indeed altered the course of human lives.Cleopatra's history is portrayed in great detail. The book opens with the lines, The story of Cleopatra is a story of crime and frankly speaks of the incestuous practices that existed in ancient Egypt. The queen was by birth an Egyptian but the blood of her Greek ancestors flowed in her veins. Abbot describes the land of Egypt in glowing terms and ascribes many of Cleopatra's faults to the luxury and surrounding she was brought up in. The mighty dynasty of the Ptolemies, the fabled city of Alexandria, Cleopatra's ascent of the throne as a blooming young lass of fifteen, her marriage and exile, the circumstances under which she meets Julius Caesar, their relationship and Caesar's assassination in Rome are all the stuff of legend. Today, most students of history and literature would be familiar with many aspects of the story. Shakespeare himself famously dealt with it in his Antony and Cleopatra, poets and musicians depicted her almost unbelievable power over men, while historians have undertaken serious research into all these claims. However, the lady has, centuries after her tragic and spectacular suicide, remained an enigma.Jacob Abbot wrote primarily for children. In Cleopatra, he presents history not in the usual vapid, dull way, but in a manner that makes the events come alive, thus making them memorable and interesting for children and adults alike. As a biography that attempts to solve the riddle of Cleopatra's amazing life and times, this is indeed a fascinating read.


  • 01 – Preface, The Valley of the Nile

    01 – Preface, The Valley of the Nile

    27/10/2017 Duración: 34min

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  • 02 – The Ptolemies

    02 – The Ptolemies

    26/10/2017 Duración: 33min

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  • 03 – Alexandria

    03 – Alexandria

    25/10/2017 Duración: 36min

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  • 04 – Cleopatra’s Father

    04 – Cleopatra’s Father

    24/10/2017 Duración: 30min

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  • 05 – Accession to the Throne

    05 – Accession to the Throne

    23/10/2017 Duración: 28min

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  • 06 – Cleopatra and Caesar

    06 – Cleopatra and Caesar

    22/10/2017 Duración: 25min

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  • 07 – The Alexandrine War

    07 – The Alexandrine War

    21/10/2017 Duración: 32min

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  • 08 – Cleopatra a Queen

    08 – Cleopatra a Queen

    20/10/2017 Duración: 23min

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  • 09 – The Battle of Philippi

    09 – The Battle of Philippi

    19/10/2017 Duración: 27min

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  • 10 – Cleopatra and Antony

    10 – Cleopatra and Antony

    18/10/2017 Duración: 37min

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  • 11 – The Battle of Actium

    11 – The Battle of Actium

    17/10/2017 Duración: 37min

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  • 12 – The End of Cleopatra

    12 – The End of Cleopatra

    16/10/2017 Duración: 40min

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