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Cleopatra and Antony By Diana Preston

Cleopatra and Antony
by Diana Preston

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Filled with murder, intrigue, civil war and great battles, the tragedy of Cleopatra and Antony has fascinated the world for two millennia. This book goes back to the original sources and delves into the real history behind the propaganda and the myth of this love story.
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Cleopatra and Antony by Diana Preston

In 44 bc, Julius Caesar was murdered on the Ides of March. His mistress, Cleopatra of Egypt, fled back to Alexandria with their little son. Mark Antony, Caesar's friend and henchman, who, according to some accounts, was already besotted by the beautiful Cleopatra, took up her son's case before the Senate. But they refused to recognize him as one of Caesar's heirs. Civil war broke out, and after the defeat of Caesar's murderers, Antony took control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters in present-day Turkey, Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candlelit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time - an eleven-year love affair that created the ancient world's most famous celebrity couple. The affair became all-consuming and fired the lovers with the ambition to create a new order. Had they succeeded, our world today might have been very different.Filled with murder, intrigue, civil war and great battles, the tragedy of Cleopatra and Antony has fascinated the world for two millennia, and has been depicted by everyone from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic 1960s film. Now Diana Preston has gone back to the original sources and delved into the real history behind the propaganda and the myth, to breathe new life into this epic love story.

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Cleopatra and Antony Reviews


"Her research is careful and deep; her prose is lively and graceful; her sympathy for her central character is strong but wholly without sentimentality; her depiction of the worlds in which Cleopatra lived is detailed, textured and evocative. If there is a better book about Cleopatra for today's reader, I don't know what it is." Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley 20090503 "The most up-to-date account of Antony and Cleopatra, one of the most famous love stories of all time ... tirelessly documented through original source documents that are used to explode some common myths." Big Issue magazine

About Diana Preston


Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. Her most recent books are Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania (now a major BBC1 film), A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, Before the Fall-Out (chosen for the Samuel Johnson Prize longlist) and A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time. She writes with her husband Michael Preston, an historian and traveller.

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GOR004524269
Cleopatra and Antony by Diana Preston
Diana Preston
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2008-06-30
416
0385612451
9780385612456
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