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Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

Antony and Cleopatra

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

August 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

Stripping the story of its Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton overtones, Adrian Goldsworthy goes back to available evidence to tell the true story of Antony and Cleopatra. He is an ideal guide to the political complexities of the time, the dynastic jostling, the power struggles and ambitions. In his hands, Antony and Cleopatra transform from legend to reality.

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In this absolutely fascinating biography, based exclusively on ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy exposes many myths and gives us a fresh and truer account of these two iconic people. Did you know Cleopatra was Greek not Egyptian and that rather than being a bluff soldier it was Antony’s political skills that made him irresistible to Queen of the Nile? Read the opening extract and you will be hooked.

If you like Adrian Goldsworthy you might also like to read books by Michael Arnold, Claire Letemendia and Bernard Cornwell.

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Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

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.


Marc Antony, the soldier and strategist, and Cleopatra, the Greek queen of Egypt, could not have wanted for a more capable biographer. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * Goldsworthy shows a real enthusiasm for making history accessible to all * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH * Plenty of intrigue * CATHOLIC HERALD *

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

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Publication date

21st July 2011


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


560 pages


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Biography: historical, political & military
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
European history



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