Antony and Cleopatra

Author(s): Goldsworthy Adrian

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The epic story of one of the most famous love affairs in history, by the bestselling author of Caesar.

The love affair between Antony and Cleopatra is one of the most famous stories from the ancient world and has been depicted in countless novels, plays and films. As one of the three men in control of the Roman Empire, Antony was perhaps the most powerful man of his day. And Cleopatra, who had already been Julius Caesar's lover, was the beautiful queen of Egypt, Rome's most important province. The clash of cultures, the power politics, and the personal passion have proven irresistible to storytellers.

But in the course of this storytelling dozens of myths have grown up. The popular image of Cleopatra in ancient Egyptian costume is a fallacy; she was actually Greek. Despite her local dominance in Egypt, her real power came from her ability to forge strong personal allegiances with the most important men in Rome. Likewise, Mark Antony was not the bluff soldier of legend, brought low by his love for an exotic woman - he was first and foremost a politician, and never allowed Cleopatra to dictate policy to him. In this history, based exclusively on ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Adrian Goldsworthy gives us the facts behind this famous couple and dispels many myths.


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No one writes history as interestingly as Goldsworthy and this book is no exception. We all know the story about Antony and Cleopatra but his diligent research on this subject has added some new light into the end of the Roman Republic and the last of the Egyptian pharaohs. A great read even if you're NOT a history buff.

Alicia, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780300165340
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : September 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Goldsworthy Adrian
  • : Hardback
  • : 480