Antony and Cleopatra: The Doomed Love Affair That United Ancient Rome and Egypt

Overview

• The story of one of the most compelling love affairs ever.

• A well loved area of history, interest in Ancient Rome has also been boosted by recent television shows and the expected release of the major Hollywood bio-pic of Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie in 2012/13.

The immortal lovers of novels, plays and films, Antony and Cleopatra were reviled by contemporary Romans, but history has transformed them into tragic heroes. Somewhere between their vilification by Augustus and the judgement of a later age there...

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Overview

• The story of one of the most compelling love affairs ever.

• A well loved area of history, interest in Ancient Rome has also been boosted by recent television shows and the expected release of the major Hollywood bio-pic of Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie in 2012/13.

The immortal lovers of novels, plays and films, Antony and Cleopatra were reviled by contemporary Romans, but history has transformed them into tragic heroes. Somewhere between their vilification by Augustus and the judgement of a later age there were two vibrant people whose destinies were entwined after the assassination of Julius Caesar in March 44 BC. Mark Antony's reputation for recklessness, hard drinking, and womanizing overshadowed his talents for leadership and astute administration. Cleopatra was determined to reconstitute the ancient empire of the Ptolemies, and Antony as legally appointed ruler of the east gave her much, but not all, of what she desired.

Their association went far beyond territorial agreements. They had three children, and may have married according to Egyptian law. This blending of politics and sex led to the ultimate ruin of both, since their main rival Octavian-Augustus was able to portray Cleopatra as the arch enemy of Rome and Antony as her bewitched consort. His propaganda was effective, and in the end Antony's soldiers deserted him. When all was lost, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide, and were buried side by side in Alexandria.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445605760
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,463,872
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction: The Background 8

1 Caesar's Lieutenant: Mark Antony c.83-47BC 15

2 Caesar's Lover: Cleopatra 69-47BC 43

3 A Time in Rome: Antony & Cleopatra 47-44BC 66

4 Separate Ways: Antony & Cleopatra 44-41BC 83

5 Reunion: Antony & Cleopatra 41-35BC 113

6 Caesar's Heir: Antony, Cleopatra & Octavian 35-30BC 136

Notes 157

Bibliography 174

Abbreviations 178

List of Illustrations 179

Index 183

About the Author 192

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