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Antony and Cleopatra

Adrian Goldsworthy.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780300165340
Pages/Publication Date 470/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32728
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The author of How Rome Fell, The Roman Army at War, and In the Name of Rome, Adrian Goldsworthy here turns to the almost mythical political romance of Antony and Cleopatra. In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, Goldsworthy creates a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time, framing lives intensely lived in a rapidly changing world.

"Readers who recognize Goldsworthy as Britain's most prolific and perhaps finest popular historian of Roman times will find him once again at his best. Shakespeare and Hollywood portray Antony and Cleopatra as star-crossed lovers, but historians understand that Antony (8330 BC) was Julius Caesar's right-hand man, ruthless and ambitious. Cleopatra (6930 BC) was not Egyptian but Greek, descended from Ptolemy, whose family had ruled Egypt for three centuries.... Unlike many competing authors, Goldsworthy never disguises the scanty evidence for many historical events. Some of his best passages review surviving documents, discuss their biases, draw parallels from his vast knowledge of Roman history, and recount what probably happened unless, as he often admits in this thoughtful, deeply satisfying work, even speculation is impossible."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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