As a Classics student and great admirer of Cleopatra, I felt compelled to buy this book, if only to see how the author would handle telling the story of such a complex woman, living in one of the most complex times in history. My expectations were great - and I was not disappointed. Instead, I was inspired by the author's flawless, easy style; how she managed to intertwine what we do know - historical event such as the Battle of Actium, Caesar's assassination, Octavian's rise to power - with the personal, unrecorded side, such as Cleopatra's relationships with the legendary political figures Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in this period of history, for it deals not only with Cleopatra, but also with her friends and enemies - e.g. Cicero, Brutus, Augustus, Caesar, Antony - and provides a fascinating insight into one of the most determined, intelligent and courageous women of all time.