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Cleopatra's palace : in search of a legend
Foreman, Laura.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Discovery Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
210 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Tehabi books"--T.p. verso.
Format :


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Home Location
Central Library DT92.7 .F64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Hamburg Library DT92.7 .F64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library DT92.7 .F64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Chronicles the efforts of underwater researcher Frank Goddio and his team to find and excavate the palace of Cleopatra, which vanished into the Mediterranean following an earthquake.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Launching Discovery Books, a joint venture of Random House and the Discovery Channel, this imaginative biography of Cleopatra is a queer blend of substance and sentimentality. Prompted by deep-sea explorer Franck Goddio's recent discovery of Cleopatra's lost island, Antirhodos, the book chronicles Cleopatra's lifeÄfrom her childhood education to her affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony to her eventual suicideÄthrough a splashy mix of history, images of artifacts and famous paintings, undersea photography and melodramatic writing. The book's most interesting parts may well be its abundant sidebars and boxes, which provide mini-profiles of Egyptian and Roman rulers, gods and historical events. The last chapter, "Discovery," briefly delineates the gradual erosion of Alexandria's remarkable palaces and enumerates explorers' subsequent attempts to recover the lost riches. The author recounts the work of Goddio's team, its reliance on innovative technology and the significance of its findings, but doesn't capture the heady excitement of the mission. As pleasing as this book will be to those unfamiliar with Cleopatra's story, readers interested in Goddio's groundbreaking work should wait for the TV documentary. (Mar.) FYI: The documentary Cleopatra's Palace will air on the Discovery Channel on March 14. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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