Tuesday, February 22

Egypt: 48 B.C.

As I attempt to relax with a book at the end of a wild day here in the Middle East, I read the following passage from "Cleopatra: A Life," by Stacy Schiff, winner of the Pulitzer Prize:

Throughout the Mediterranean a 'strange madness' hung in the air, ripe with omens and portents and extravagant rumors. The mood was one of nervous exasperation. It was possible to be anxious and elated, empowered and afraid, all in the course of a single afternoon. Some rumors even proved to be true.

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