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After Julius Caesar's murder, his mistress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, fled to Alexandria where she gave birth to their son. Civil war broke out in Rome, and Mark Antony, Caesar's friend, was given control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters, Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candle-lit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time.

The affair between the ancient world's most famous celebrity couple became all-consuming, leaving them oblivious to the threat of doom building up against them. Now Diana Preston has delved into the real history behind the propaganda and myth surrounding this famous couple, breathing new life into this epic love story.

©2008 Preston Writing Partnership (P)2008 Soundings

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"A hugely entertaining book packed with information." (Sue Arnold, Guardian)

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  • Lianne
  • 09-21-09

Fascinating!

I was not sure what to expect of this book, but I was very pleased. It is very informative, not just focussing on Antony and Cleopatra, but their families, political enemies and children. It is entertaining and shocking, and is presented almost as a story. So interesting, and a great introduction into a history I was not familiar with.

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  • Aimee
  • 01-05-16

absolutely excellent

this was such an interesting book...im trying to decide whether I like this even better than Stacy Schiff's version.