BOOK REVIEW: 'Antony and Cleopatra' - Washington TimesThe author remarked about this book 'everyone knows of Antony and Cleopatra, but they see the story as they think it should have been'. We know that story. It's the one from the theatre of Shakespeare, or Elizabeth Taylor's career-defining role in film. It's where the dashing and impetuous Antony is seduced by the decadent beauty of Cleopatra and ends up throwing the world away for love. In the end the star-crossed lovers die tragically but heroically, leaving their cold, scheming nemesis with his victory. But it is not the story which 'everyone already knows'. Instead Goldsworthy has meticulously gone back through the ancient sources and stripped away two thousand years of over-heated fantasy, bringing us perhaps as close to the true story as we are likely to get.
BOOK REVIEWS #9: Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
After the death of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Caesar's ambitious and brash cousin, and Octavian, Caesar's adopted son and designated heir, agree to jointly administer the far-flung empire: Antony in the East and Octavian in the West. It's not a happy arrangement, though, and their rivalry to rule Rome is the overarching theme of this sprawling, captivating saga. After a disastrous campaign to subdue the Parthians, Antony turns to Cleopatra, the enigmatic and fabulously wealthy queen of Egypt, to replenish his war chest. Prodded by Cleopatra, Antony gathers his forces in Greece for an invasion of Italia. The tragic denouement is, in McCullough's capable hands, no less compelling for being so well known. As with the previous volumes in this series, the author's scholarship and larger-than-life characters bring a tempestuous Rome to life. View Full Version of PW.
Book Review – “Anthony and Cleopatra” by Colleen McCullough
Now, Goldsworthy tackles another ancient Roman subject that has teased the imagination of the public for generations: Antony and Cleopatra. For most of us, Cleopatra looks like Elizabeth Taylor; that movie is the extent of most common knowledge of the two ancient lovers. Where supposition and speculation are involved, Goldsworthy never presents it as fact but as differing theories.
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