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Antony and Cleopatra


Adrian Goldsworthy


It was one of the greatest love affairs of all time.  He was the most powerful man in the Roman world and she was the ambitious and beautiful queen of an Egyptian kingdom.


Two thousand years of retelling have buried Antony and Cleopatra's real story.  Antony's rise had little to do with military skill and everything to do with poilitics and sheer luck.  Cleopatra was Greek and lived in a world utterly dominated by Rome.  Only by taking Antony as her lover could she cling onto power in a royal court where her own family were her most dangerous rivals.


In this history, based exclusively on ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Adrian Goldsworthy gives us the true story of a clash of two cultures, of ambition and ruthlessness - and passion.


Paperback edition.  550 pages and includes a Glossary, Bibliography and Notes.


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