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A world-renowned criminal profiler takes a fascinating look at one of the most tragic mysteries in history. For more than two thousand years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state that she desperately ended her life with the bite of an asp, as her nemesis - the Roman general Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman emperor - stormed Alexandria. Now, a completely unique interpretation of history is brought to light by world-renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown in her new myth-busting book, The Murder of Cleopatra. As host and profiler of The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra (Discovery 2005), Brown challenged the long-enduring myth that Cleopatra died via snakebite and that she committed suicide to avoid further humiliation. Using the techniques and methodology of investigative criminal profiling and crime reconstruction, The Murder of Cleopatra takes up where the Discovery Channel documentary left off. Brown's findings, borne of scientific method, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, will be revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romantic intrigue. The result: a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was, a fascinating account of the queen's final desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh.

Pat Brown (Washington, DC) is the chief executive officer of the Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE), a nonprofit criminal-profiling and investigative organization offering pro bono services to families and law enforcement to solve cold homicide cases throughout the United States and Canada (; the president/consultant of the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency, which provides crime-scene analysis and behavioral profiling to prosecutors, defense attorneys, and international clients (; and a well-known television crime commentator who has been a regular guest on "Nancy Grace," "Jane Velez-Mitchell," "Dr. Drew," the "Today "Show, the "CBS Early Show," "Larry King Live," "The Joy Behar Show," and "Inside Edition." She is the author of "How to Save Your Daughter's Life"; "The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths"; and "Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers."

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  • PDF | 270 pages
  • Pat Brown(Author)
  • Prometheus Books (1 Feb. 2013)
  • English
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  • By Escapist reader on 3 March 2013

    I think my problem with this book is that I wasn't quite sure if I was reading a serious biographical work setting out new theories about Cleopatra's death or a piece of fiction. The style was uncomfortably novel-like in places, and this detracted from it, for me anyway. An interesting take on Cleopatra's life and death, but I'm note sure it left me feeling convinced.

  • By Ancient Egypt Magazine on 28 January 2015

    Pat Brown is not a typical Egyptologist or historian. She is a well-known American criminal profiler who, having been approached to present a television programme on the death of Cleopatra, became so intrigued by the subject that, several years later, she produced this book. Her title is something of a give-away: rejecting the traditional view, promoted by the Classical authors, that Cleopatra committed suicide, she believes that Cleopatra was murdered. She sets out to prove her case employing (as far as the vast time-gap allows) the same techniques that she would use to investigate a more modern murder-mystery.As we might expect from this background, this is not a conventional history of Cleopatra. Nor does it pretend to be. It is essentially the story of the author’s developing fascination with her subject, and with Egypt both ancient and modern, and it is written in a non-scholarly, highly enthusiastic style which makes it accessible to those unfamiliar with late Ptolemaic history. A set of rather random photographs accompany this quest: I particularly enjoyed “The Great Pyramid through the window of the nearby Pizza Hut” (the pyramid in question actually being Khafra’s).The reader may, or may not, agree with the author’s conclusions on the death of Cleopatra. However, the underlying theme of the book – is it ever possible to employ modern scientific techniques to ‘investigate’ the minds of the long dead – is a thought-provoking one which leads us to question our own relationship with the past. How often do we, either consciously or unconsciously, make assumptions about the thoughts and beliefs of the ancients?Reviewed by ancientegyptmagazine dot com

  • By Bert Leyns on 7 May 2013

    This is a new approach to the death of that great hstorical figure, and to her entourage. Up until now we only had the biassed historical writers to rely on, as well as Shakespeare's over-romanticized play. I'm not saying that Pat Brown's findings are absolutely true, but they could be, especially in the light of Rome's foreign politics and Octavian's ruthlessness and ambition.

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