Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra


By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 470 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 236mm x 43mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 030016534X
  • ISBN 13: 9780300165340
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 426,627

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A masterfully told--and deeply human--story of love, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy's "Antony and Cleopatra "delivers a compelling reassessment of a major episode in ancient history.In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time. A history of lives lived intensely at a time when the world was changing profoundly, the book takes readers on a journey that crosses cultures and boundaries from ancient Greece and ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire.Drawing on his prodigious knowledge of the ancient world and his keen sense of the period's military and political history, Goldsworthy creates a singular portrait of the iconic lovers. "Antony and Cleopatra were first and foremost political animals," explains Goldsworthy, who places politics and ideology at the heart of their storied romance. Undertaking a close analysis of ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of current scholarship and dispels misconceptions that have entered the popular consciousness. He explains why Cleopatra was consistently portrayed by Hollywood as an Egyptian, even though she was really Greek, and argues that Antony had far less military experience than anyone would suspect from reading Shakespeare and other literature. Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

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Adrian Goldsworthy is a leading historian of the ancient world. The author of many books, including "How Rome Fell"," ""Caesar"," ""The Roman Army at War"," " and "In the Name of Rome"," " he lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries produced by the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. Goldsworthy is also the recipient of numerous prizes. He lives in Wales.

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"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of our most promising young military historians today."--Sir John Keegan, author of "The Iraq War" --Sir John Keeagn