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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, Adrian 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, this audiobook takes listeners 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. In addition Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

©2010 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2015 Tantor

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"Unlike many competing authors, Goldsworthy never disguises the scanty evidence for many historical events." (Publishers Weekly)

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Very good

While I throughly enjoyed Antony and Cleopatra, I was disappointed in how little is actually known and so a book entitled about these two lovers ends up being more about Roman history ( no fault of the author since the solid proven facts are just not there ) with some hours devoted to A and C, basically telling us that
" little is known " !! But, it still was a very interesting listening experience and I just love Steven Crossley reading anything!!!

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Too Cool

Excellent history...juicy story...master storyteller ... all by the master historian of the ancient roman world....Adrian Goldsworthy....you can't get any better.... Don't look to the left or right.... just get it. Very exceptional work.... also dont miss Julius Caesar... and How Rome Fell... and also Agustus....Goldsworthy shines...his work rocks. ..
Anthony and Cleopatra. ... just spend your credit and soak it in. ...

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wonderfull history

loved it. top popular history by a top historian. great for anyone interested in Cleopatra.

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Fresh insights on an old story

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Again and again pleasantly surprised by thorough research, careful speculation, and fresh insights into the lives and times of Antony and Cleopatra.

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If you could sum up Antony & Cleopatra in three words, what would they be?

If I could sum up Antony and Cleopatra in three words those three words would be: 1) Antony; 2) and; and 3) Cleopatra.<br/><br/>Everyone recognizes the names - especially when you put them together. This is a book about them. What other words could I need?

What other book might you compare Antony & Cleopatra to and why?

This is a terrible question. <br/><br/>I would probably compare it to other books by Adrian Goldsworthy.

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