Cleopatra (Haggard novel)

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Cover of the first edition
AuthorH. Rider Haggard
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreAdventure novel
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages316 pp
TextCleopatra at Wikisource

Cleopatra: Being an Account of the Fall and Vengeance of Harmachis is an adventure novel written by English author H. Rider Haggard and first printed in 1889 by Longmans.


The story is set in the Ptolemaic era of Ancient Egyptian history and revolves around the survival of a dynasty bloodline protected by the Priesthood of Isis. The main character Harmachis (the living descendant of the pharaoh's bloodline) is charged by the Priesthood to overthrow the supposed impostor Cleopatra, drive out the Greeks and Romans and restore Egypt to its golden era.

As is the case with the majority of Haggard's works,[citation needed] the story draws heavily upon adventure and exotic concepts. The story, told from the point of view of the Egyptian priest Harmachis, is recounted in biblical language, being in the form of papyrus scrolls found in a tomb.


Boucher and McComas gave the novel a mixed review, saying that it combined "a not always believable portrait" of its title heroine with a "fascinating, wholly convincing" story line.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, September 1953, p. 100.

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