Being a monarch had its perks but, in Cleopatra's time, it was quite possibly the most dangerous and short-lived of all careers, especially if you had a lot of relatives. Despite the odds, Cleopatra very nearly succeeded in restoring the Ptolemaic Empire to its former glory. The author makes the life and times of one of history's most important women come vibrantly alive. This is a uniquely detailed look at a complex and volatile world that has always been half hidden in the smoke of myths and legends. — Alden Graves
“Joann Fletcher has the good grace and specialist knowledge to do away with Roman romances. This book’s bedrock is Egyptology. . . . Cleopatra was, indeed, not just a ‘baleful beauty;’ she was great.” —History Today
World-renowned Egyptologist Joann Fletcher offers an extraordinary look at one of Egypt's most intriguing leaders—the legendary Cleopatra. In the tradition of biographies by Stacy Shiff, Duane Roller, and Adrian Goldsworthy, and drawing on astonishing new evidence about Cleopatra’s life—including tax records, personal correspondence, and the discovery of her palace quarters beneath the Mediterranean Sea—Fletcher presents Cleopatra’s life in glorious detail, revealing the woman behind the myths.
Dr. Joann Fletcher is an honorary research and teaching fellow at the University of York, where she teaches Egyptian funerary archaeology and mummification. The author of numerous articles and books, she also lectures widely. She lives in Yorkshire, England.