- Capa comum: 432 páginas
- Editora: Back Bay Books; Edição: Reprint (6 de setembro de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0316001945
- ISBN-13: 978-0316001946
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 3,2 x 21 cm
- Peso de envio: 431 g
- Avaliação média: Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item
- Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: no. 322,758 em Livros (Conheça o Top 100 na categoria Livros)
Cleopatra: A Life (Inglês) Capa Comum – 6 set 2011
Livros em Oferta
Todos os dias, novos livros com desconto. Confira todos aqui.
Clientes que compraram este item também compraram
Faça download dos Aplicativos de Leitura Kindle Gratuitos e comece a ler eBooks Kindle nos mais populares smartphones, tablets e computadores pessoais. Para enviar o link de download para seu smartphone por SMS, use o formato internacional sem espaços (Código Internacional+DDD+Número. Exemplo: +551199999999)
Para receber o link de download digite seu celular:
Veja todos os livros aqui
Detalhes do produto
Descrições do Produto
Sobre o Autor
Avaliação de clientes
|5 estrelas (0%)|
|4 estrelas (0%)|
|3 estrelas (0%)|
|2 estrelas (0%)|
|1 estrela (0%)|
Avaliações mais úteis de consumidores na Amazon.com
We know next to nothing about Cleopatra’s early years. She is a young woman when we first encounter her. Much of the first part of the book is more about Julius Caesar; to history, she is important only through him. It is only after his death that Cleopatra, to history, becomes a major player in her own story.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about Cleopatra, but there were some surprises in this book. That said, this is not an introductory work on Cleopatra or her times. Instead, it is a complement to other works. It is very interesting, very insightful, and very worth reading.
Having said that...............this book is loaded with deeper human insight into why this passage of history unfolded as it did. The reader easily becomes enamored to Cleopatra, and Anthony. Plus, the events of this period are wonderfully presented (the intrigue, the battles, the politics, the loves, the hatreds) as the saga of the Roman civil war period plays out.........for both serious students or the more casually motivated.
It is said that a sculptor sees his final piece hidden within the block of marble he confronts on day one of a project as he then goes about removing the excess.........such is this book. Ms. Schiff's work would be an excellent basis to extract a crisp screen play.........HBO's Rome possibly?
Schiff's point with this was that Cleopatra's myth totally obscured her reality, even in her own lifetime. There are a lot of interesting meditations on fame and power to be had there. Cleopatra died in the wake of a war with Rome, and yet we mainly know Cleopatra from contemporary Roman sources. A few people in other courts left written records of her time, but really her history was written by her enemies. That the old girl has still come off rather well is a testament to how extraordinary her reign really was.
I like a good popular history- Schiff's seems very admirable, but I didn't find her prose as lovely as some people apparently did. Still, she makes a solid effort to put a little color into her history; she paints a picture, something I appreciate. It's hard to get both academic rigor and good storytelling into an account. Two thousand years, and it's debatable that anyone has ever topped Cleopatra for either extravagance or power. Imagining her and Antony meeting in Tarsus, announcing herself as "Venus come to revel with Dionysus for the good of Asia", surrounding him and his men with an overabundance of luxury, in apartments bedecked with a king's ransom in flowers, you come to understand why Cleopatra was legend in her own time. That sort of detail and description really helps. Academic history seldom indulges such details, or at least rarely frames them so delectably. Popular history seldom touches on as many legitimate sources as Schiff cites, or points out distinctions between them so regularly.
Schiff is also a female historian telling a woman's story, yet mercifully she doesn't dwell too hard on that. We know Cleopatra from Roman writers, who were all dudes with a particular view of women and relationships, and so the expected sexual volleys were launched at a powerful foreign queen. Rome laid the foundation for the next twenty centuries of Western culture, so Cleopatra
understandably served as a reliable shorthand for every sort of debauchery in that time. And Schiff pretty much stops there with gender. Good for her. As a queen and product of Ptolemaic Egypt, Cleopatra had a very different view of her own gender than her detractors. Schiff does a smart thing; realizing that we can only view Cleopatra culturally and personally through multiple layers
of refraction, she just leaves Cleopatra the woman alone for the most part and focuses on Cleopatra in her role as queen and in her relationships to personal and political counterparts. If, like me, you don't care for histories with an overly obvious modern agenda, have no fear.
Schiff did choose to follow a particular narrative of the period. She gives us the broad spectrum of opinions on an event, but I did feel like a lot of the history that's really debatable is presented more or less as fact. We know very little about most of these events. I suppose I'm willing to make that trade-off, even as a historian, for a compelling story. That's something a lot of history people wouldn't say, but I've always thought of history as being closer to literature than science. This may be one reason why I didn't go for a PhD.
I am a little concerned, though, that Schiff's account seems so close to HBO's "Rome" Her book came out in 2011, so she would have been either thinking about it or working on it while the show was on in 2005 and 2007. The show is also very well researched in its depiction of Roman life, but takes quite a few liberties with the history. It's hard to say whether I just had HBO's "Rome" on the brain while reading the book, or if the book did seem to cleave suspiciously close to a similar version of events. Granted, there is nothing implausible about Schiff's account based on the sources we have; the actual personalities involved don't seem to warrant much exaggeration. But in honest truth we simply have very few accounts and little evidence of the events of these years. "Rome" and Schiff's "Cleopatra" are both aimed towards an erudite yet popular audience, so it's quite possible that their entertaining yet plausible versions of the story would have many elements in common. What makes for scrupulously documented history is not necessarily what makes for good reading or good television, but anyone partaking of either of either this book or the series will probably have figured that out already. The downside is that while Schiff may have set out to separate myth from truth, in the service of keeping people interested, she may have given us yet another myth. It's a modern myth, and more fair or at least better supported than most of what came before, but ultimately it might not be any more accurate than a hundred others. However, both "Rome" and "Cleopatra: A Life" are largely based the same period sources, so as far as I'm concerned you could do worse for either history or entertainment.