• Cleopatra

  • The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity
  • By: Alberto Angela
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of Italy’s most revered cultural figures reconstructs the extraordinary life of the legendary Cleopatra at the height of her power in this epic story of passion, intrigue, betrayal, and war.

Our world today would not be the same without Cleopatra. While she is one of the most famous figures in history, the legendary Egyptian queen remains, in many ways, an enigma. In this mesmerizing history, Alberto Angela offers a fresh and dynamic portrait of this extraordinary ruler, revealing a strikingly modern woman born in an ancient era and skilled in the art of diplomacy and war, who would conquer the heart of a general - Marc Antony - and Rome itself.

Cleopatra focuses on a 20-year period that marked a sweeping change in Roman history, beginning with the assassination of Julius Caesar that led to the end of the Republic, and ending with the suicides of Antony and Cleopatra and the birth of the Augustan Empire. Angela brings the people, stories, customs, and traditions of this fascinating period alive as he transports us to the chaotic streets of the capital of the ancient world, the exotic port of Alexandria in Egypt, and to the bloody battlefields where an empire was won and lost. 

Meticulously researched and rich with vivid detail, this sweeping history, reminiscent of the works of Simon Schama, Mary Beard’s SPQR, and Tom Holland’s Rubicon, recreates this remarkable era and the woman at its turbulent center.

Translated from the Italian by Katherine Gregor

“[Cleopatra] combines scholarship with novelistic detail and character depth...[Alberto Angela] effectively draws on previous scholarship, wading through legend and myth to get at the truth of what actually occurred... a character-rich historical biography.” (Kirkus)

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©2021 Alberto Angela (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
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more time devoted to the Roman men than anything else. and poorly written at that. very disappointing

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Wonderfully written and read.

I have always wanted to have a better understanding of Cleopatra and this was the perfect place to begin. The author made very clear of there were no facts and only conclusions in specific situations. Excellent read/listen.

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  • Samantha
  • 05-04-21

Started off well but was really terrible.




Overly focused on what Cleopatra might have looked like and obsessed with her sex life. way too much speculation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

A book i listened to till its last word

Great historic epic about a fascinating character at a turning point of history. Roman and hellenistic history at its best!

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  • Ms J.
  • 11-04-21

Not about Cleopatra

This is too full of imaginative details about Rome and definitely NOT about Cleopatra.

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  • R Galliford
  • 04-12-21

Very good

This book has kept my interest all the way through. A well researched book that brings these famous characters to life and makes you feel you are watching these historic events unfold right in front of you. The author adds to the known researched detail with his own reasoned input to fill the unknown gaps. Fascinating and addictive to listen to.