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"Lily of the Nile" by Stephanie Dray

Pros: The reader gets to see the aftermath of Cleopatra’s bid for power not only from the eyes of her daughter, but from the Roman perspective as well. Cons: Historical purists may not enjoy a couple of tweaks to the

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"Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff

Pros: Easy to read and follow along; good examination and analysis of ancient sources. Cons: The footnotes were slightly confusing; it took me a minute to realize that they weren’t alluded to in the text but included in the back

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