Stacy Schiff on Cleopatra

January 9, 2011

Great leaders inspire myths, but the truth is often an even better story.  The real Cleopatra was a brilliant woman who spoke nine languages and controlled an empire that made Rome look like a backwater.  Stacy Schiff's new book "Cleopatra: a life" describes the Egyptian queen as a shrewd political strategist and a brilliant leader. She tells Anne Strainchamps about the real and the imaginary Cleopatra.

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