Cleopatra was a boss lady who loomed large during her lifetime as one of the most successful monarchs of the East. But there were other royal women in the countries around her, suffering the same trials. Two of them – Alexandra and Mariamne of Judea – became friends with Cleopatra. This is the story of that friendship, and these women's lives. It’s also the story of one of Cleopatra’s greatest rivals and one of the hottest messes in the ancient world: Herod the Great.