Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, died 2000 years ago, but in popular imagination she looms large. Her modern image as a wily seductress who wielded extraordinary power has been largely created by stage and screen, but Pulitzer prize winning writer Stacy Schiff sought to separate the facts from the many fictions of her life. In a new biography she details Cleopatra’s political shrewdness, her staggering wealth and influence, and the outsize role of her enemies in shaping her legacy. Stacy Schiff joins us in the studio to talk about one of the most interesting but maligned women in history.


  • Stacy Schiff Author of "Vera," winner of the Pulitzer Prize; "Saint-Exupery," a Pulitzer Prize finalist and "A great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America," winner of the George Washington Book Prize.

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