Beech writer pens book on Cleopatra
From the moment he saw Cleopatra portrayed in a 1960s motion
picture, the legendary Egyptian ruler has captivated local writer Bill Batchelor.
For the next three years, he purchased and read every book about her that he could get his hands on.
“I’ve always loved her,” Batchelor said. “She was a fascinating figure in history.”
With an insatiable appetite for knowledge, Batchelor set out to sample every creation pertaining to the Egyptian queen.
One day, the idea dawned on Batchelor to write his book to honor Cleopatra’s contributions to history.
“I decided no one had written a short history of her that is at the college level, and I wanted to write a book,” said Batchelor, who finished the book about three months ago.
Batchelor said the book was written in a linear format and concludes with her controversial suicide.
“The book follows from the time she takes over the throne to Egypt in 51 B.C. to her death at age 39,” Batchelor said. “My book consists of highlights from the time she seduced Julius Caesar to Marc Antony when they fought Octavian, which led to her demise.”
Throughout the course of his research, Batchelor found what he enjoyed most of the entire process was finding out new things about Cleopatra.
“As I read each source and took notes, I was fascinated with learning something new from every source,” he said.
Some new facts that he gleaned dwarfed others.
“The biggest thing (that surprised me) was the archaeological work being done now near where her palaces once stood,” Batchelor said. “At this time, experts believe they are all underwater because of tsunamis and earthquakes. They are all the time bringing up new statutes, slabs and coins with pictures. They think her tomb might be buried there, as well.”
Titled “Kaeonatpa,” which translates to Cleopatra in Greek, Batchelor has now written four books.
“This book is something that someone can read in just a couple of hours,” he said. “One of the biggest comments I’ve heard is that, ‘Once you pick it up, you can’t put it down.’ I mean it to be a quick read.”
Perhaps the “biggest challenge” of writing the book was “researching … and organizing it in an eclectic manner,” Batchelor said.
To purchase a copy of the book directly, contact Batchelor at (828) 387-2103.