Cleopatra VII (69. - 30. BC) ruled ancient Egypt for almost three decades. Her romantic liaisons and military alliances with the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, as well as her supposed exotic beauty and powers of seduction, earned her an enduring place in history and popular myth. The eminent historical novelist, Georg Ebers, has woven a romance out of the lives of Cleopatra and Antony that is as remarkable as it is surprising. Ebers's work in any form will always repay the reading, and while one may not always agree with his conclusions one cannot help but feel benefited. The translation of Cleopatra from the German has been admirably done by Mary J. Safford. Georg Moritz Ebers (1837 –1898), German Egyptologist and novelist, discovered the Egyptian medical papyrus, of ca. 1550 BCE, named for him Ebers Papyrus at Luxor (Thebes) in the winter of 1873–74. Now in the Library of the University of Leipzig, the Ebers Papyrus is among the most important ancient Egyptian medical papyri.
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