In this book, author Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction with regards to Cleopatra. Known to the world as a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator, Cleopatra is a rich woman living in a palace shimmering with onyx and gold but richer still when it comes to political and sexual intrigue. Incest and assassination were her family’s specialties being married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war to the first and poised the second. She had children with two of the most prominent Romans namely Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. She deliberately hid her real self behind vulgar display and for all the wrong reasons, she has gone down in history. Cleopatra died before Jesus was born and her first biographers never met her. What remains of her home is 20 feet underwater.