Joyce Tyldesley's biography reveals the truth behind the myths surrounding a highly intelligent ruler who steered her kingdom through turbulent times.
Read by Haydn Gwynne.After the death of her father, Cleopatra VII is forced to share the throne with her ten-year-old brother Ptolemy.
Is there any truth in the legend that Cleopatra had herself delivered to Julius Caesar rolled up in a carpet?
Why did Julius Caesar spend so much time in Egypt and why did Cleopatra linger in Rome?
Cleopatra recognises a kindred spirit in Mark Antony.
But is her relationship with him one of passion or political expediency?
Cleopatra's liaison with Mark Antony is legendary, but what are the facts behind it? And how easy is it to self-inflict a snake bite?