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Cleopatra's Daughter

Cleopatra's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Transport to the colorful and dangerous court of imperial Rome and into the remarkable lives of two young captives-- the children of Cleopatra, Egypt's most powerful and notorious ruler, and her lover Marc Antony. Taken in chains to Rome as ten-year-olds, twins Selene and Alexander cling to each other, and to the hope of one day returning to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307409126
Call Number: F MORAN MI
Characteristics: xiv, 431 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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Aug 21, 2019

This book started me down the path of a Moran addiction. Since getting recommended this book by a friend I've been obsessed, reading one book after the next. Clever, full of stunning descriptions and lovable characters I would definitely recommend this book.

Jun 03, 2019

Everyone knows the story of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Everyone knows about her liaisons with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the famous Roman generals. Everyone knows about how she killed herself just as Augustus Caesar conquered Egypt.

But what happened after that? What happened to the ones Cleopatra left behind, most specifically her children? In Cleopatra's Daughter, Michelle Moran explores the life of Cleopatra Selene, the Pharaoh's only daughter, from the death of her mother to her marriage to Juba II of Mauritania. We see not only how Cleopatra Selene adapted to life in Rome among the Emperor's own family, but also how she held onto her own heritage, even if only within her own mind. Moran also explains the fates of Cleopatra Selene's brothers, giving particular attention to her twin brother, Alexander Helios.

A brilliant story for anyone interested in this time period.

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.

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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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