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By Adrian Goldsworthy
A masterfully told—and deeply human—story of affection, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy’s Antony and Cleopatra can provide a compelling reassessment of an enormous episode in historic historical past. during this outstanding twin biography of the 2 nice fans of the traditional international, Goldsworthy is going past fantasy and romance to create a nuanced and traditionally acute portrayal of his topics, set opposed to the political backdrop in their time. A heritage of lives lived intensely at a time while the realm was once altering profoundly, the e-book takes readers on a trip that crosses cultures and bounds from historical Greece and historical Egypt to the Roman Empire. Drawing on his prodigious wisdom of the traditional international and his prepared feel of the period’s army and political historical past, Goldsworthy creates a unique portrait of the enduring fans. “Antony and Cleopatra have been at first political animals,” explains Goldsworthy, who locations politics and beliefs on the middle in their storied romance. venture a detailed research of historical assets and archaeological facts, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of present scholarship and dispels misconceptions that experience entered the preferred awareness. He explains why Cleopatra used to be constantly portrayed by way of Hollywood as an Egyptian, even if she used to be particularly Greek, and argues that Antony had a ways much less army adventure than somebody might suspect from studying Shakespeare and different literature. Goldsworthy makes a major case for knowing Antony as a robust Roman senator and political strength in his personal correct.
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