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Bibliographic CitationSchiff Stacy Cleopatra A Life New York Little Brown and Company 2010Rationale of ChoiceWhen I first heard about this project I was dreading the fact of reading a book out of my comfort zone Typically I like present-day teenage girl books and Cleopatras story was the most similar to books I enjoy reading Cleopatra was a little wild and I found her to be very interesting when researching a book for this projectMain Point The main point of this book was Cleopatras ability to use her wit charm and incredible charisma to become Egypts most powerful ruler in history and the worlds most powerful woman leader This author unlike many other authors on the subject chose to emphasize Cleopatras use of her brains instead of just her looks in gaining her power On page 4 of the book the author states Cleopatra stood at one of the most dangerous intersections in history that of women and power Cleopatra was the most dangerous seductress in the world and she used these skills to create an empire unlike anyone had ever seen On page 6 of the book Schiff makes the comment that Cleopatras story differs from most womens stories in that the men who shaped itfor their own reasonsenlarged rather than erased her role Upon her fathers death the throne was passed to Cleopatra 18 and her younger brother She became the predominant ruler but soon after became forced to flee Egypt for Syria While in Syria she built an army and returned to face her brother at Egypts eastern border The arrival of Julius Caesar brought temporary peace Cleopatra used her attributes and incredible wealth to secure Roman support through Caesar in order to regain her throne On page 69 the author explains this She says Caesar had effectively eliminated every one of Cleopatras rivals to the throne
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