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The Search for Cleopatra

(1997)
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Cleopatra is wreathed by so many outsized myths that it is sometimes difficult to tell the woman from the legend. For centuries, historians have scarcely deviated from the occidental, Horatian portrayal of an Eastern temptress bent on bringing down the great men of Rome. Michael Foss looks through and beyond the myths, using fresh research to vividly bring to life the historical Cleopatra. A descendant of Alexander the Great's Macedonian court, she struggled to hold her kingdom together at a time when the volatile clash of cultures threatened to shake Ptolemaic Egypt apart. Egypt's decay coincided with the rise of Rome, and it is in the contest between the Eastern and Western empires that her story unfolds.

Rome cast Cleopatra as a threat to the order of its own crumbling republic. To them, she represented decadence, corruption, and temptation. Yet as Foss shows with clarity and insight, Cleopatra played her hand in the only manner she could. Determined that her kingdom survive, she was prepared to do whatever it took to retain power, and very nearly achieved dominance of the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world. When she finally surrendered her ambitions, it was with a larger-than-life flare that has since inspired ancient chroniclers. Fully-illustrated, and impeccably documented, The Search for Cleopatra sets before us the most absorbing figure of the ancient world.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: The Search for Cleopatra
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-55970-422-5 / 978-1-55970-422-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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November 1997 : UK Hardback
Title: The Search for Cleopatra
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-85479-282-2 / 978-1-85479-282-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Search for Cleopatra: The True Story of History's Most Intriguing Woman
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-61145-333-X / 978-1-61145-333-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Search for Cleopatra
Author(s): Michael Foss, Foss
ISBN: 1-61145-071-3 / 978-1-61145-071-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: The Search for Cleopatra
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-55970-503-5 / 978-1-55970-503-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Search for Cleopatra
Author(s): Michael Foss
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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