Cleopatra's Daughter: From Roman Prisoner to African Queen

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.41 X 9.52 X 1.14 inches | 1.36 pounds

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About the Author
Jane Draycott is a lecturer in ancient history at the University of Glasgow. A Roman historian and archaeologist, Draycott has excavated sites ranging from Bronze Age villages to World War I trenches. She lives in Scotland.
[A] lush biography... Among other topics, Draycott sheds intriguing light on race and ethnicity in the Roman empire and the opportunities women had to wield power and influence. This peek into the ancient past enthralls.-- "Publishers Weekly"
In this deep work of historical excavation, Draycott.... re-creates with keen contextual evidence the life and turbulent times of Cleopatra's surviving daughter... A vivid portrayal of the difficult journey of an overlooked African queen.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[A] labor of love... Draycott gathers evidence from whatever sources she can find...and deploys her considerable erudition to paint a vivid picture of the historical context.... Draycott is open about her agenda: not only to tell Cleopatra Selene's story, but to remind us that competent female rulers existed in antiquity and that the traces of their lives deserve to be located and pieced together.--Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer "New York Times Book Review"
[W]ell-informed and convincing . . . Selene is a figure for our times, as Ms. Draycott rightly points out: a woman who wielded power in a male-dominated world, a wife who crossed racial boundaries in her marriage, an exile who found success in two adoptive homelands.--James Romm "Wall Street Journal"
[W]ell-researched and full of interesting facts and details that history buffs will find satisfying and exciting.-- "San Francisco Book Review"
Archaeologist Draycott uses primary sources as well as art and historical artifacts to construct an engaging portrait of Cleopatra Selene and her turbulent times.--Kristine Huntley "Booklist"