Life of the Party: Celebrating Cleopatra

Capitol Archeological Institute at GW fetes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Stacy Schiff’s for “Cleopatra, a Life.”
By Kate Faherty

Deborah Lehr, Stacy Schiff And Eric Cline. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Though she might not have had WikiLeaks or a smart phone, the power structure of Washington today is not that different than that of the famed reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra. As Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff notes in her new bestseller, Cleopatra is more relevant to our world today than many believe. Even 2,000 years after her death, audiences are still interested in Cleopatra’s life and political skills.

Schiff recently met with some of Washington’s top leaders to discuss the topics in her book – the “passion, politics and power” that made Cleopatra the legendary leader we remember. FOX News Anchor Jim Angle interviewed Schiff about her best selling book Cleopatra, a Life to discuss what aspects of Cleopatra’s political savvy are still relevant today. The event was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Capitol Archeological Institute at George Washington University.

Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry , Chairman of the Capitol Archeological Institute Deborah Lehr, Lorne Craner, President of the International Republican Institute and his wife, and Margaret Tutwiler, former Ambassador to Morocco just a few of the powerful politicos in Schiff’s audience. Perhaps it is not surprising that so many influential Washingtonians stepped out to celebrate Schiff – even millennia later, the Queen of the Nile fascinates.

Stacy Schiff, Suzy Shoukry and Ambassador Shoukry. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Yasser Elnaggar, Catherine Stevens and Willee Lewis. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Jim Angle, Ambassador Shoukry and Suzy Shoukry. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Finley and Willee Lewis. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Terry Garcia and Stacy Schiff. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Deborah Lehr, Eric Cline, and Patrice Angle. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Marc de La Bruyere, Stacy Schiff, and Suzy Shoukry. (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

Stacy Schiff with her new book "Cleopatra, a Life". (Photo by Shmulik Almany, Image Link Photography)

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