Cleopatra 53-52 BC: Gold Is Where You Find It ~or~ Supersize Me!
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First Published on Jun 10 2020
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An out-of-the-box romp through Ptolemaic Egypt, without elitist aristocratic snobbery and posturing. Even Cleopatra, her father the Pharaoh, and Caesar (he's in Gaul) are all real people: people you'd recognize from your neighborhood ... like that opera singer across the street that picks the oddest times to practice, rattling your windows when blasting in your direction. Immerse yourself in ancient Egypt, which, other than raw technology, isn't really that different from where YOU live ... except for residents that are probably more entertaining.
Cleopatra is learning to rule, faced with the bankruptcy of Egypt and a crippling debt to Rome ... all caused by her father. She becomes co-regent then queen, sharing the throne with her father (no fiction, so far). The stories center around her schemes to raises finances, and the personalities of people that do the real work outside the royal court. Women call the shots, men do the sweat labor.
53-52 BC follows the same individuals as book-1, plus a few more needed to work all the moving pieces in state organized tomb robbing. Visit actual tombs in the Valley of Kings, while the law of unexpected consequences pushes the narrative. Witness what a clever entrepreneur can do with a little startup money ... and how it can be contagious. Follow Caesar's movements in Gaul from a particularly Egyptian perspective, while Cleopatra covertly tries to gain power in Roman politics.
Scholars, scribes, priestesses, working girls, military, sailors, bandits, pirates, assassins, crocodiles, scorpions, temple mysteries ... and a small dog. What's not to like? More complete descriptions and ALL SORTS of supplementary information on the author website.
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