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on November 22, 2010
Duane Roller's book is a fascinating portrait of a ruler, a kingdom, and an epoch that deserve to be known more widely. Juba II -- royal prince, ruler of an obscure North African kingdom at Rome's sufferance, scientist and litterateur -- is himself an extrordinarily interesting subject. Add to that the presence of Kleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, as well as a thorough and well-documented study of the rich culture of a very late Hellenistic court just before that tradition's demise, and you have a work of scholarship that is both original and informative without resort to the pedantry that too often plagues scholarly studies of the ancient world. Well done!
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