Antony & Cleopatra [Paperback]

Adrian Goldsworthy (Author)

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ISBN: 9780753828632 | Published by: Weidenfeld & Nicholson | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 470p, col pls

Antony & Cleopatra


Following his hugely successful biography of Caesar, Goldsworthy here turns his attention to Antony and Cleopatra, and covers the lives of the famous lovers with a similar flair. He traces their political careers, and attempts to reconstruct their motivations and ambitions. This is not just a fine narrative history however, but has some substantial points to argue about each of its main protagonists. Goldsworthy sees the picture of Antony as a military man first and foremost as essentially inaccurate, noting that he in fact saw less service than many of his senatorial contemporaries. Indeed he sees Antony's rise as owing more to his nobility, luck and opportunism than anything else. He is also keen to overturn current emphasis on the Egyptian factor to Cleopatra's queenship, seeing her very much as a Greek, and fully integrated into the Roman political world.

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