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Makers of History: Cleopatra

Jacob Abbott

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Makers of History: Cleopatra

Jacob Abbott


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  • "The story of Cleopatra is a story of forbidden love—its uncontrollable impulses, its intoxicating joys, its reckless course, and the dreadful ruin in which it invariably ends."

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    Cleopatra's right to the throne of Egypt was disputed, and so she bided her time and learned how to use her charm to get whatever she wanted. She eventually seduced both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and acquired the …

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  • Jacob Abbott was an American writer of children's books. He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief histories, biographies, religious books for the general reader, and a few works in popular science. He wrote 180 books and was a coauthor or editor of 31 more. He died in Farmington, Maine, where he had spent part of his time after 1839, and where his brother, Samuel Phillips Abbott, founded the Abbott School. …

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