She Who F**ks With The Past Controls a Fat Wallet In The Present
if you're a person getting into reading historical stuff I'm going to
do you a favor and save you some time. Have a read of this article at the Huffington Post (famously nicknamed The 'Puffington Host' by Chris
Hitchens on account of its tendencyto host authors pushing books
because they'll do that for free).
Any writer who sets
themselves up as an ordinary woman/man in an earnest fight against
dogmatic, pigheaded academia is, almost by definition, full of shit. See
that schtick in any foreword- just put the book down. Trust me; put it
down. It's Graham Hancock stuff, it's Was God An Astronaut?
Despite this authors claims, I can assure you that
last time I looked, classical academia would be more than happy to
consider this author's theory Cleopatra was murdered- it would not 'upset a beloved
applecart'. Believe it or not it would be calmly considered. No amount
of Pat Brown pretending to be a feisty character from CSI should blind you to this.
Frankly, her main problem is she's either shite at research or
disingenuous. The thrust of her argument is that an Egyptian Cobra
couldn't be relied upon to produce enough poison (and she paints
Plutarch as a stooge in some bizarre conspiracy, of course). Funny, that;
respected classicist Peter Green also says this (as I recall) as do
many others. Green argues that the poison was more likely in a vial of
some sort and smuggled in, but that, in the century between Cleo dying
and Plutarch recording it the cobra got added because, to Romans, this
would be more like a thing an 'exotic' woman of the east would do. Not a
peep from Mz Brown about that...
Pat Brown: you're a criminal profiler. If my body ever hits the pavement, there's no way I want you on the bleeding case.