What is really offensive, though, Cleopatra has been remade into a monotheistic Judeo Christian wannabe Cleopatra spends pages and pages speaking of the Jewish prophecy of a messiah, a messiah who will come out of Egypt and rise from the dead , and I can t imagine that the real Cleopatra would even be aware of these Jewish legends She wants to meet this messiah, and wonders if he could be Alexander the Great some local Jewish men explain to her that it is not She spends a great deal of time writing about Queen Esther and Queen of Sheba and King Solomon , and there is no reason whatsoever to include those subjects here Cleopatra is incorrectly portrayed here as a monotheist and about a stone s throw away from becoming a Christian, if only Jesus would hurry up and be born It s insulting, and particularly frustrating if you are interested in the mythology of ancient Egypt Outside of a few references to Isis, there is no mention of the Egyptian gods and goddesses at all and when any god is mentioned other than the Jewish one, it is the Greek Roman gods, never the Egyptian ones Add to the fact that Cleopatra has knowledge about subjects that she simply could not have at the time, and you have a piece that is pure fantasy, dressed up as a fun educational tool.
Avoid this book for the disrespect that it shows to Cleopatra in treating her beliefs and history as disposable I m frustrated that the author is apparently able to deal respectfully with the religious beliefs of Jews, Lutheran Christians, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, and Protestant Christians, and yet she cannot allow an ancient pagan her beliefs, preferring to shred them and remake them in a palatable version Ana Mardoll Earliest I remember loving historical fiction.
One of my favorite books on Cleopatra.
This was a very nostalgic read, because I first read this whole series in elementary school, and plan to read all of the books again because I remember them as a cornerstone of my childhood.
Now, I may be biased because I obsess over anything and everything Cleopatra, but I think that this was a fresh, and wonderful take on Cleopatra before she was the last of the pharaohs We see of a family dynamic in this novel than ever, her sisters Arisone and Tryphaena are characters, and I have never read any Cleopatra fiction about them at all, so that was really special for me, and a standout part of the book.
I m very pleased with the reread and plan to read them with my daughter should there ever be one and I definitely recommend the series to young girls, or nostalgic young adults, or even parents to read with their kids.
Omg I ve spent years trying to remember the title of this so I could track down a copy Remember reading this when I was in Middle school and loved it I kept wondering what I did with my copy years later because the hardcover was beautiful and I loved it And now that I think about it I m pretty sure I lent it out to my cousin who never returned it.
This review is also posted on my blog view spoiler Well this was a nice little read I d picked it up because I m already such a big fan of the Dear America books, and when I realized exactly what this series was diaries of young versions of female royalty throughout the world and throughout history it highly intrigued me and I decided to give it a shot.
And I can t say I m disappointed This particular book wasn t what I could call spectacular , but it was highly fascinating, very educational, very historically accurate it seemed , and very easy to understand It also had the same familiar feel as the Dear America books do, so all in all I am glad that such a book such a series exists, to help kids read about and learn about much cultural diversity and different historical figures than they may known of otherwise.
Concerning this specific diary, I did find the characterization very bland But the details and the events of the story seemed to make up for it well enough to keep it at four stars, because after all, I did pick this up for the historical aspects, and not the characters And not to mention this is aimed towards children and pre teens, not me I can t let myself be too harsh.
I fully intend to explore into the rest of the series when I get the chance hide spoiler Established Dear America Author Kristiana Gregory Kicks Off The Royal Diaries With The Captivating Story Of A Young Cleopatra S Life While Her Father Is In Hiding After Attempts On His Life, Twelve Year Old Cleopatra Records In Her Diary How She Fears For Her Own Safety And Hopes To Survive To Become Queen Of Egypt Some Day I am reading a book called Cleopatra VII a group from The Royal Diaries This book is by Kristina Gregory one of my most favorite authors Thins book is mostly about the life of a princess called Cleopatra VII.
She is nicknamed the daughter of the Nile That s because she was born in Egypt very near to the Nile river Cleopatra faces many danger, and some of her family betrays her, and her farther Cleopatra is accompanied by her two faithful servants through out all the journey even through harm The three friends go to Rome to find help So, they can defeat Cleopatra s evil sister However, some of Cleopatra s fathers friend already killed her sister So, Rome might be trying to defeat Cleopatra next One of the important facts I have learned is that egyptians have a different saying of their month For example, January is Januarius, Febuary is Febuarius, and March is Martius I think these are explainig how people say their monthes in Egypt because if it was really written in egyptian they would have did it with picture of birds, and snakes These words written in Egyptian is called a hieroglyphics Also, I noticed that all of the monthes had the letters ius in the end They matter a lot because there could be a possibility that we are learning a little bit of egyptian or roman Another one of the important fact is that Cleopatra had a real leopard named Arrow This is a important, and intresting fact because I bet most people don t know that she had a leopard, and taming a leopard is a lot harder than you think This fact matters a lot because this tells us that Cleopatra had a courage to keep one of the most feared species of cats today The last important fact I have to tell you surprised me a lot This fact is that Cleopatra, and her father was being hated by everyone in Egypt while Cleopatra s older sister wasn t Some people in Egypt were rough enough to put a cobra on Cleopatra s fathers bed while he was sleeping The fact I just told you about matters a lot than you think because Cleopatra didn t do anything bad that will make all the people in Egypt hate her Also, one of her sister even tried to make Cleopatra give back he Pearl necklace by putting a dagger close to her neck as if to stranle her I thought that this book taught us a biger lesson than I thought it will One reason I thought this is because At first I thought that all princesses, and Queens are loved by their people because they are always nice, and pretty Now, I realize that this is not the case If you were famous it is likely to be hated if you do something wrong because what they do will always be rud by everone in their country For example, when Cleopatra tried to touch one of her oldest sister pearl necklace her sister picked up a dagger, and pointed at Cleopatra s neck this was a lready know by most people in Egypt before you could say mistake Also, if one of your father is a king, and he does something that will make his people mad, and you are his favorite daughter or son the people will also taunt her or him One time Cleopatras father made the people mad at him Since, Claopatra was the Kings favorite she was also being made fun of However, she tried to stay calm as her favorite people did like Queen Nefertiti, and the other princesses This taught me that even if you get mad you will make your self appear rude thanbefore.
After I read about Cleopatra I thought that reading chapters about the Royal Diaries will help me learn about the mysteries of the world like princess Anastasia, and the others If you want to reada easy fun, exciting nonfiction book you should read Cleopatra VII series called The Royal Diaries.
I really quite liked this one A lot of the details are still confusing to me I don t know much ancient history at all, and this is pre NT times but this did help sort some of it out What it didn t do was show a sufficient link between the young Cleopatra and her later self the historical information at the back of the book says that Cleopatra killed her sister Arsinoe in order to secure her throne, and yet the young Cleopatra barely even wonders about such things I mean, I know it s historical fiction, but that s my point give the reader pointers to her future character, even if they are fictional ones I loved Cleopatra s reaction to Rome She s not exactly likeable and I would have preferred a little explanation at the back of the book or preferably, in the diary itself about the traditions of the Ptolomaic dynasties that led to Cleopatra marrying her brother but it s just as good as the other books I ve read in this series, and better than some.
Cleopatra VII Is about a girl who has attractive charm Most of the scientists want to know how she can make two kings fall in love with her, and how she fought to be the queen in her country I liked this story, because you want to know what happens next It will take you on her adventure.