Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

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Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Crown Publishing Group | July 13, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 9.
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian''s bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 1.01 in

Published: July 13, 2010

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307409139

ISBN - 13: 9780307409133

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good for my first time read in this type of fiction. you get to learn something and presented interestingly and easy to read. now you don't find that often. the author also provides a glossary with definition for actual words used during this civilization. did the same thing in my secret daughter. a quick read with non complex characters and smooth story line. moran takes all the best of this time period and paints a beautiful picture about selene and her twin brother alexander's life after the death of his parent and their new home in rome. i found moved a little slow at first, but picked up halfway through. more likely because i was not use to historic fiction i've been out of the loop for a few years. this novel has brought me back to how much i enjoy historic fiction. the best is at the end moran provides what happened after the novel, what was true and what was over exaggerated. you can tell she does her research. i think i may start to have a slight girl crush on selene. she is a great young female protagonist. she is early version of a pseudo buffy, katniss and any other female character with courage and intelligence.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really liked this one! 4.5 stars Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, had three kids with Marc Antony. When she killed herself after being invaded, Caesar Octavian took the kids back to Rome with him. Twins Selene and Alexander were 10 years old, and moved in with Octavian's sister, Octavia. But they were constantly in danger, not knowing what would happen with them next; would Octavian keep them around, or ultimately have them killed, too? In the meantime, there is someone, "Red Eagle", who is unhappy with the plight of the slaves in Rome and is protesting, so there is a hunt on to find out who Red Eagle actually is. This was really really good. I've never read anything (fiction or nonfiction) about this time period or place, but this story just drew me right in. I did have a bit of trouble figuring out who was who in some cases, and who was related to whom in what way(s), but I figured out enough of the main people that that didn't really bother me too much. I was able to lose myself in the story. I was very impressed with all the technological knowledge at the time. Wow, I had no idea. I think I'd heard some of it, but not to the extent it was portrayed here. Just an fyi that there is a glossary at the back (I had the ebook, so I didn't find it till I got to the end), and of course, a historical note from the author. This was so good!
Date published: 2012-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Story “Cleopatra’s Daughter” is a fascinating snap shot into Imperial Rome, its people and the events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Although a fiction the story has many true elements to it, it depicts a life of more than two thousand years ago when the children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra were taken from Egypt and raised several years on the Palatine. Narrated by the young Selene, the story begins on the fateful day when Octavian marched into Alexandria and claimed it as his own. Following the deaths of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Selene along with her two brothers Alexander and Ptolemy are taken in chains to Rome to be delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, Octavia. Unfortunately only the 10 year old twins, Selene and Alexander, with the support of each other, survive the journey. In Rome, at the hands of their captor Octavian, they are never far from danger or potential death. They quickly learn their survival depends on keeping vigilant and silent in the house of Caesar. Woven with bits of intricate detail, the novel not only tells the story of these remarkable children but also expounds on ancient Rome and the notorious and unforgettable people who lived during that period. The author tells the story in a very captivating and exciting manner and the characters have been finely tuned to enhance the atmosphere even further. There is no need for extensive knowledge of history to enjoy this wonderful tale of hardship and intrigue.
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great historical fiction I found that although many things happened right from the start, it took be a bit to really get into this book. However once I did I was hooked. I felt very connected to the characters and since I didn't know the historical events I was always surprised by the twists and turns of the story. I thought that this book was an entertaining read as well as a great way to learn about the history of Cleopatra's daughter. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasico!! This book was absolutely fantastic. Based on the life of the 3 remaining children of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Moran did a wonderful job of making the reader feel like they are actually seeing it happen. This book is full of Romance, war and tragedy, from the point of view of Cleopatra's daughter Cleopatra Selene. It defiantly is a page turner and a novel you can't put down.... especially during the last 5 chapters. This novel was very intense and very well written,i would definitely recommend it if you are interested in this time period or even if you want a good novel just for pleasure reading! And check out The Heretic Queen and Nefertiti by the same author! Believe me you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Cleopatra and Marc Antony are dead. Crushed by Octavian’s army, three little children is all that remains of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Here begins the story of the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Set against the back drop of the Ancient world, little Cleopatra Selene and her twin brother Alexander, now orphaned, are taken by Octavian back to Rome. There, they are sent to live with Octavian’s sister Octavia, worrying about their future and dreaming of one day making it back to Egypt. An interesting extrapolation of real events, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a pretty easy, light read. Writing historical fiction can go one of two ways. One; it could be hard to weave an interesting novel only based on what is known and having to fill in what is not and create character traits for historical figures or, two; it could be easy to create your story because you have so much room to be creative. For me it was pretty easy to get into because I know quite a bit about that specific time in history, along with the people who were there. And even though we may know a bit about what these figures were like through writings from the time, we still don’t know what they were really like. Selene and Alexander seem to be, at ten, very intelligent beyond their years, however maybe they were. Maybe that was the product of their access to the highest level of education, as children of an Egyptian queen. Children defiantly had to grow up much more quickly at that time in history. Also some of the dialogue in the relationships seemed a bit mediocre or silly and I don’t feel as if Moran really spent a lot of time describing the time so as to really pull the reader in, but overall I enjoyed it for what it was, an easy read. For anyone who likes this time period in history and know a lot about it, you will find that there is nothing new here but you might enjoy this one. Story ** Characters ** Readability *** Overall Rating ***
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! Good historical fiction based on the surviving children of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. The story centres around the early life of Selene, their daughter, and her life in the Roman courts. The author puts forward an interesting take on Selene's life and the fate of her brothers. It only follows her life until she is about 15 though - I was hoping it would go a bit further and talk about her marriage etc. An interesting read, especially if you are big fan of historical fiction like me - made me read up on the bio/historical information of many of the characters to see how their stories continued.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cleopatra's Daughter: A Must Read.. Cleopatra’s Daughter grabbed my interest immediately. The thought of reading about Cleopatra’s children; their thoughts and emotions within the first pages and throughout, was exhilarating to say the least. I can’t think of a book that has yet to have transported me into ancient times with such vivid imagery as this one. The ancient world is not one that can be depicted with ease. Yet, Moran magnificently brings out the splendor, the glitter, the gold, the exquisite and the opulent-living in contrast with the coarse and crude, all at their origin. I was amazed by the clash of class and refinement between the Greeks (and Egyptians, both in Alexandria) and the Romans of the times. The differences in not only customs, fashion, architecture, but especially in languages and education, left me in awe. Cleopatra stands out as the regal queen of knowledge meshed with beauty, glamour and class. She also strongly believed in equality between genders- allowing her daughter the same privileges as her sons. Culture and Education were most important to her and she made sure that Marc Anthony also was taught Greek and more; there where his Roman upbringing lacked. But this was not only a story of awesome history and facts- Cleopatra’s Daughter mostly focuses on Selene and Alexander’s life after the death of their beloved parents. Forcibly brought back to Rome, these last surviving heirs of Alexander The Great, were expected to live as Romans within the palace of Augustus (Octavian), the man responsible for the dreadful fate of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. I loved learning about life in ancient Rome and how these teens (throughout the story they seemed so much older than their actual age) dealt with every obstacle and challenge they faced. So much is dealt with in this book. These royal twins faced with an unbelievable turn of fate were extremely close. I enjoyed that they could speak in a different language when secrecy was necessary; another of the benefits brought about by Cleopatra’s expectations of culture and education at its finest. In this beautiful novel, we encounter many historical figures such as Octavia (Marc Anthony’s wife prior to Cleopatra- and also Augustus’s sister), a Numidian Prince, Augustus’ daughter, Julia, Marcellus, Octavia’s son, a beautiful Gaelic slave, Gallia, and the infamous architect Vitruvius, to name a few. Each has a superb role in this novel that unravels to perfection, culminating in an ending that will leave you breathless- Let me just say that the last fifty or so pages kept me glued with anxiety and endless tearing. A story that absolutely needs to be read! Excellent! Side Note: Moran provides a glossary of terms, list of names, a map of the time, as well as, an historical follow-up of the characters and their fate. Cleopatra’s Daughter will appeal to readers of history, mystery, love, romance, intrigue, arts and culture, anthropology and so much more-without an ounce of drudgery- an incredibly easy-to read page turner. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous book.
Date published: 2009-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous writing! Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran Michelle Moran is, pure and simple, an excellent author. Cleopatra's Daughter is historical fiction that brings the history to life. Wonderful writing and characterizations based on real history, I found this book both entertaining and educational. The book begins with the final days of C(K)leopatra's reign in Egypt, the taking of three of her children to Rome, the youngest dying en route. From this point, the story centers mainly around the twins, Kleopatra and Alexander, growing up in the home of Octavia, sister to ruling Octavian in Rome, and what the future may or may not hold for them when they turn 15, the age of adulthood. The characters are well-rounded and historical, they are fleshed out with research and interact entirely believably. Many terms are in Latin and Greek, mostly easy to guess but there is also a glossary for all these words in the back. This is the first novel by Michelle Moran I have read and I will certainly recommend her as an author deserving of being read! There is so much history woven into this book, and the characters feel so real that I wish history were taught in this manner. I was surprised first of all by how much I did recall, but even more how much I did not know. I found the Historical Notes in the back of the book very illuminating. Though beautifully written, the book does not gloss over the very real dangers of the times, but at the same time the personalities of the main characters deal with growing, loving, everyday lives of the upper classes and slaves. I loved this book and recommend both author and "Cleopatra's Daughter". 5 stars definitely. Thanks for a great read, Michelle!
Date published: 2009-11-09

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Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

by Michelle Moran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.01 × 5.17 × 1.01 in

Published: July 13, 2010

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307409139

ISBN - 13: 9780307409133

About the Book

Based on meticulous research, "Cleopatra's Daughter" is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history.

From the Publisher

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian''s bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.


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About the Author

MICHELLE MORAN is the author of the bestselling Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. Her experiences at archaeological sites around the world motivated her to write historical fiction and continue to provide inspiration for her novels.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“The story I always wanted to read! If you love I, Claudius, you’ll love this book!”
—Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra

“Michelle Moran has already made Ancient Egypt her own fictional domain. With this compelling novel of the legendary Cleopatra’s daughter, she now stakes a claim to Ancient Rome, too.”
—Sharon K. Penman, New York Times bestselling author of Devil’s Brood

“Cleopatra’s Daughter is historical fiction at its finest. With her exquisite attention to detail and her beautifully crafted characters, Michelle Moran does not just visit the past–she resurrects it.”
—Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series

“No one captures the immediacy and rich detail of the ancient world quite like Michelle Moran.”
—bestselling author Robin Maxwell

“From the tragic fall of Cleopatra’s Alexandria to the treacherous hills of imperial Rome, Michelle Moran spins a captivating tale of the daughter of Egypt’s most famous queen, a princess whose courageous determination to survive is as exciting and dramatic as the time in which she lived.”
—C. W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen


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