From the Series Influential Women
Cleopatra VII, a Greek woman who became Egypt's last pharaoh, was arguably the most famous woman of ancient times. Smart, resourceful, and bold, she sought world domination by allying herself with two of the three strongest Roman men of her day--Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Her downfall came at the hands of the third most powerful Roman--Octavian, who would later become Augustus, the first Roman emperor.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Number of Pages||80|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Print + Ebook|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–This fascinating series for confident older readers is a boon for report writers with its fact-filled, even-handed analyses of these history-making women’s lives and accomplishments.Subjects are treated respectfully and fairly; where applicable, failings and scandalous behaviors are noted discreetly.Cleopatra’s complex romantic life and out-of-wedlock childbearing, Curie’s love affair in widowhood, and the Clintons’ marital woes are discussed, but the respective portrayals offer much more—no small feat in Cleopatra’s case, given the dearth of contemporary sources about her. Fortunately, her book draws on modern scholarship while acknowledging ancient writings, casting a more favorable light on the queen’s character, achievements, and legacy. Each title features pale-green sidebars that add information and historical context, in addition to quotes about/from the subjects and contemporaries.Numerous excellent graphics enhance attractiveness.Detailed time lines are included, but not glossaries, which would have helped with the sophisticated vocabularies.VERDICT Highly recommended for middle school collections.Clinton is very timely; overall, Curie works for the non-scientifically inclined.
From the Influential Women series, this volume introduces Cleopatra, Egypt’s last pharaoh. Illustrated mainly with color reproductions of paintings, prints, and sculpture, the biography is balanced and informative.After calling out centuries of historians for negative mythmaking, the book credits recent biographers with presenting a more accurate portrayal of the queen. While acknowledging her shortcomings, it makes a convincing case for Cleopatra as an intelligent, educated, capable ruler who was “equal in political talent, audacity, and courage to the three strongest men in her world—Caesar, Antony, and Octavian.”The author of many books on ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean region, Nardo does a particularly good job of discussing these four historical figures and their actions within the context of their time. A worthwhile introduction to Cleopatra and her world.— Carolyn Phelan