” What we know about Cleopatra’s looks is based purely on her coin portraits. Engraving was imperfect, and that when you are a ruler and you ask for a coin to be engraved with your likeness on it, you are probably trying to project a certain air of authority. “


” Here you have an incredibly ambitious, accomplished woman who comes up against some of the same problems that women in power come up against today. Cleopatra plays an oddly pivotal role in world history as well, in her lifetime, Alexandria is the center of the universe, Rome is still a backwater. “


” I think with every book you realize you are partway through and there is something really elementary that you should have researched. “


” You have to scuba dive in the Alexandrian harbor if you want to see what remains of the lighthouse of Cleopatra’s day, and the water in the Alexandrian harbor is not really something you want to come into contact with. “



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What we know about Cleopatra
Here you have an incredibly ambitious, accomplished woman who comes up against some of the same problems that women in power come up against today. Cleopatra plays an oddly pivotal role in world history as well, in her lifetime, Alexandria is the center of the universe, Rome is still a backwater.
I think with every book you realize you are partway through and there is something really elementary that you should have researched.
You have to scuba dive in the Alexandrian harbor if you want to see what remains of the lighthouse of Cleopatra

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