Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World

Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World

by Diana Preston
3.3 18
ISBN-10:
080271059X
ISBN-13:
2900802710597
Pub. Date:
03/30/2010
Publisher:
Walker & Company
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Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
AaronChristopher More than 1 year ago
Let me start of by saying that from a research standpoint, "Cleopatra and Antony" is fantastic. It goes waaay in depth about the time period surrounding Cleopatra and Antony, digging back over a hundred years prior to their existance to fully explain to the reader the context of the situation the lovers develop for themselves. The world is fully flushed with regards to battles, important and influential characters, the intrigue and power of the Roman Senate, and footnotes of interesting facts about the rulers and the period. It reads like a well-written history textbook and would be great companion for a class not only on Cleopatra and Antony but for the fifty to seventy-five years prior as well. If this is what you are looking for, a well-planned out history of the Roman Empire starting from just before Julius Caesar up to the death of Cleopatra and Antony, this book is for you as you will highly enjoy it. Pass by this book, however, if you are looking for a detailed scope into the time Cleopatra and Antony spent together. The most you are going to get from this book are facts, mostly from a fella named Plutarch. There will be no steamy scenes of the couple together, no diologue or dramtic scenery of any kind. Looking for fiction, look elsewhere. Also be prepared for the fact that although Cleopatra is listed first about Antony, this is kind of a misnomer. The two chapters deal with Cleopatra or, rather, her family history, and after that she is pretty much a supporting character. The REAL focus of this book is on Rome, specifically Caesar and his conquests and, after he dies, Antony. Antony himself isn't featured until about half way through the book. Granted there's a lot of history and backup to get to know before Antony's arrival and rise to power, but I felt that far too much time was spent on Caesar rather than Antony. And as for Cleopatra, it seems as if the author would tell about what was going on in Rome, then speculate as to how Cleopatra felt about the empire's actions on her and Alexandria. Don't get me wrong, Cleopatra's seduction of both Caesar and Antony and both of their affairs are outlined, but Cleopatra undoubtedly plays the secondary role to the affairs of Rome. A couple of detractions. Like any good history textbook, there are a looooot of names of once-important people, and while you remember the major ones, after a while minor names, places, battles, and truces all start to blend together. Fair warning. Another thing is that the author paints Cleopatra, Antony, and Caesar as the "good guys". If there is anything to be learned from this book is that this isn't always so. The author expands on their heroic deeds and flashes by their deceits while reversing that treatment on those opposing the main three. Right or wrong, everybody (except apparently Octavia) is out for conquest and nobody is saintlike in the least. Overall, I loved the book and thought it was a job well done. If a book on the history of Roman Empire as it pertains to the time of Caesar, Antony, and Cleopatra is what you are searching for, look no further.
bernie21t More than 1 year ago
You must enjoy ancient history to read this. It is not a love story. There is much information about ancient Rome. Many chapters have no mentiom of Cleopatra or Anthony. I enjoy history so for me it was a good read.
nicky_joe More than 1 year ago
If you want bare-bones facts about the couple and their time period, then this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for something with a little sparkle, then I suggest you look elsewhere. The research done to put this book together is very impressive but the whole work is poorly written; it almost doesn't seem as if the author bothered to edit it after writing it. If you're looking for a textbook-like read about Cleopatra and Antony then this book is a good choice but if you're looking for a well-done literary masterpiece, then I suggest you keep looking.
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I enjoyed the book very much. It is well written and interesting. The only disappointment is that the Nook version lacks the illustrations. Having read the entire book and account of the facial reconstruction I really wanted to see the images.
UnderthePink More than 1 year ago
This a great historical book. If you are looking for more of a romance novel between Antony and Cleopatra, this is not it. Preston writes about historical accounts but does it well and keeps it interesting. This is not a quick read. There is a lot of information in this book, but Preston does it right and makes the history come alive.
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Although interesting, this is more of a history lesson and would have been better if their relationship was shown with more warmth and emotion.
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James57 More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for a book about Cleopatra for a while, but most of them were either written decades ago or had mediocre reviews at best. While I was looking for a biography on Cleopatra alone, I decided to give "Cleopatra and Antony" a try....it was well worth it. Diana Preston does a fantastic job of engrossing the reader into the story, making you feel as though you are actually there. While some have suggested Cleopatra gained the success she did through her sexuality alone, Preston shows just how intelligent and dynamic a woman she really was. Not just for the history buffs, "Cleopatra and Antony" would be enjoyable to someone just looking for an exciting story....after all, truth is stranger than fiction.
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Cheryl_Kemeny More than 1 year ago
I have written a rock musical entitled "Cleopatra-A Life Unparalleled". I did the original writing in 1999 and had read all the books available at the time. My show is being done in New York City and so I've spent the past year on re-writes. A few weeks ago, I saw this book in Barnes & Noble and purchased it immediately as one I hadn't read. It is absolutely fantastic and I bought several copies as gifts for the actors in my show. On a personal note, it was reassuring because Miss Preston's analysis of Cleopatra's personality and motives were very much like my own. A particularly fascinating aspect of the book is the details of Roman/Egyptian daily life, right down to all the unsual delicacies they ate. The book reads like a novel and for anyone interested in Cleopatra, it is a must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just started reading the sample, seems interesting enough and i dont usually read in this genre. I will continue to read it though...out if curiosity so that in itself gets a few stars. I am intrugued to say the least.