The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case

By Pat Brown

A world-renowned felony profiler takes a desirable examine some of the most tragic mysteries in historical past.

For greater than thousand years, the nice pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. numerous old assets country that she desperately ended her lifestyles with the chunk of an asp, as her nemesis - the Roman common Octavian, later often called Augustus, the 1st Roman emperor - stormed Alexandria. Now, a unique interpretation of historical past is delivered to gentle through world-renowned felony profiler Pat Brown in her new myth-busting publication, The homicide of Cleopatra.

As host and profiler of The Mysterious loss of life of Cleopatra (Discovery 2005), Brown challenged the long-enduring fable that Cleopatra died through snakebite and that she devoted suicide to prevent additional humiliation. utilizing the innovations and technique of investigative legal profiling and crime reconstruction, The homicide of Cleopatra takes up the place the invention Channel documentary left off. Brown's findings, borne of medical strategy, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, could be printed opposed to a historic backdrop of puzzle, drama, politics, possibility, and romantic intrigue.

The outcome: a thought-provoking research of the superb girl Cleopatra really used to be, a desirable account of the queen's ultimate determined try to break out Egypt together with her ships and treasure, and the brutal murder that ended her existence because the final Egyptian pharaoh.

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