currently reading: Cleopatra - A Life by Stacy Schiff
enjoying it a lot so far. i’m pretty familiar with the historical aspects of this era but Schiff brings in really interesting perspectives to see this period through. favorite element so far is how she talks about Cleopatra’s completely incestuous and dysfunctional lineage…HBO needs to make a damn show about the Ptolemies already. and from a scientific point of view, how does someone as smart and as accomplished (total understatements, btw) like Cleopatra VII come out of all that inbreeding and trauma? boggles the mind.