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

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

by Patricia Southern
     
 
The story of one of the most compelling love affairs ever.

Amazingly this is the first biography of Antony and Cleopatra a love story of which is emblazoned in the public mind by Shakespeare.

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

Overview

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

Amazingly this is the first biography of Antony and Cleopatra a love story of which is emblazoned in the public mind by Shakespeare.

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 womanising 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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“…a very good, informative read for anyone interested in the end of the Roman Republic and of the Hellenistic era.”
Strategy Page, 12/10/2010

"...opens with the individual chapters on the early life of each of the principals but the book soon begins to treat them in tandem with surprising effectiveness underscoring how intertwined their lives and careers were from 47BC when they probably met for the first time , until their deaths in 30.
NYMAS

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Strategy Page
"…a very good, informative read for anyone interested in the end of the Roman Republic and of the Hellenistic era."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848683242
Publisher:
Amberley Publishing
Publication date:
10/29/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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