Book Review: Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman

Being born into a royal dynastic family in ancient time was more of a curse than a blessing. None of the sons or daughters of Ptolemy XII Auletes (the Piper) would live to see old age. The Ptolemaic Dynasty, in fact, rivals the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and the Angevin Dynasty in its degree of familial dysfunction. [...]