Though no ancient sources directly link the two monarchs, it’s difficult to write a novel about the life of Cleopatra’s daughter Selene without referencing one of her mother’s bitterest enemies–Herod the Great, a villain of the New Testament.
When Cleopatra was wooing Marc Antony, she bet him that she could spend a veritable fortune on a single meal. He doubted her. In response, she is said to have dissolved a valuable pearl in vinegar and gulped it down. Continue reading →
One of the biggest “bombs” Hollywood ever made was the 1963 classic, Cleopatra. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison, it was both splashy and fairly faithful to history, considering its big budget glam and the temptation to embellish. Continue reading →