At our October 8, 2013 meeting, we will discuss the following selection suggested by Burk:
Cleopatra, A Life, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2010.
Burk provides the following information about his selection:
I selected “Cleopatra, A Life” by Stacy Schiff because I wanted to know the Cleopatra story. My knowledge about Cleopatra was very limited never having read much about her, seen the movie with Elizabeth Taylor or read or attended Shakespeare’s play. I presume that is not the case with my learned colleagues who, presumably, are quite familiar with the Cleopatra story as told by others – mostly men. It will be interesting to learn if prior assumptions about her life and character have been altered by reading this biography.
Given current events in Egypt with mass killings one begins to appreciate how little changes from one era to the next.
The Cleopatra story is about strong willed men and one strong willed
woman and how their personal goals and lives intertwined to bring havoc to the then known world. With the exception of the woman, that seems little changed today.
I found the writing style with many personal interjections by the author very interesting. How did others react to the writing?
I hope that is enough to get the ball rolling.