Cleopatra and Antony

Cleopatra and Antony

Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World

Book - 2009
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The story of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. In 30 BCE, the 39-year-old queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, the future first emperor Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of eleven years, Mark Antony, had himself committed suicide. Historian Diana Preston explores the lives and times of a couple whose names--two millennia later--still invoke passion and intrigue. Preston views this drama as an integral part of the military, political, and ideological struggle that culminated in the rise of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra ruled Egypt with political shrewdness. Her affair with Julius Caesar linked Egypt with Rome; in the aftermath of the civil war following Caesar's murder, her alliance with Antony, and his split with Octavian, set the stage for the end of the Roman Republic.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802717382
0802717381
Branch Call Number: 932.0210922 P9267C 2009
Characteristics: viii, 333 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 25 cm

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