Cleopatra's Daughter

Cleopatra's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2009
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The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two-- the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander-- survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian's sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian's family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts. The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra's Daughter. Recounted in Selene's youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian's kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian's bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian's handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia's sardonic son and Marcellus's great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian's watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals. Selene's narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place-- the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire's most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority. Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra's Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307409126
Characteristics: xiv, 431 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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Oct 30, 2017

Wonderful book which places with the characters page after page.

SaraLovesBooks Apr 17, 2017

This book was my introduction to Michelle Moran. Until I read this book, I had no idea that Cleopatra Selene existed, nor that she was the one and only child of Queen Cleopatra to survive into adulthood. I really loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The book is about the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, who survives the deaths of her parents and her oldest half-brother, to be forced to live with her parents' greatest enemy, Octavius Caesar. She learns how to live and thrive under the uncertainty of the future. This book brought to life a time period that I had never found all that interesting before.

One caution for readers of historical fiction, though. Michelle Moran does bring the historical places to light very well with her details. However, many of her books include details and subplots that are based off historical legend rather than fact.

Mar 07, 2015

The first fictional novel I've read of ancient Rome and Egypt's Cleopatra, and I haven't been disappointed. This was well researched and detailed. Octavian is real and imposing but somehow still likable. Selene's story is very interesting and it's impossible not to love her. I also really enjoyed the Red Eagle conspiracy, very exciting. I liked all the developing relationships: Julia and Selene, Marcellus and Selene, and of course, Juba and Selene. A good twist in making Alexander homosexual, too. There wasn't really any female character suited for him anyway. My only complaint was that the ending seemed a bit rushed, especially with how she switched to loving Juba after pining for Marcellus for the majority of the book. I really hope Michelle Moran writes a sequel someday!

May 21, 2014

I was surprised how difficult it was to put this book down. Well-researched and incredibly written, Moran gives thoughts, feelings, sights, and sounds to the real people of this historical story.

sylvek Dec 10, 2013

A really interesting novel spiced with romance, drama, and vivid details. The way the author writes the story makes you feel as if you were really there. Readers can also discover a lot of surprising facts about ancient Rome that they never suspected. A recommend to historical fiction addicts :)

Oct 26, 2013

I love Michelle Moran's books as they recreate historical periods and bring known historical figures to life. Then at the end of the book you find out what happened factually. This was an interesting take on what happened to Cleopatra's children. Would recommend.

Nov 04, 2011

I loved this book! I stayed up way to late every night this week to read it before bed. I think I like it even better than Nefertiti ;) I agree the book should have delved into her adult life..Maybe it should have a sequel? I like where it ended though...It gave some closure.
Wonderful book!

Maja_0001 Oct 03, 2011

I like Moran's writings. Good historical descriptions, yet easy to read - not boring. I would give 4 1/2 stars.

AuntJane Apr 20, 2011

A friend suggested this - I was hesitant at first since I am not a big ancient history fan - but glad I read it. It is a fast easy read that holds your interest and brings to life ancient Rome via slice of life details.

Mar 17, 2011

Loved it!! Couldn't put it down

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Mar 07, 2015

"A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right, even when it was unpopular. A woman who can't return to the land of her birth, but is welcome to cross the seas and rebuild Alexandria in mine. And a woman who has suffered enough in Rome and deserves happiness for a change. Will you come to Mauretania and be my queen?"


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