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Cleopatra and Antony : power, love, and politics in the ancient world

Author: Diana Preston
Publisher: New York : Walker Pub. Co., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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[This volume presents the story] of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. In 30 BCE, the 39-year-old queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, the future first emperor Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of eleven years, Mark Antony, had himself committed suicide. Historian Diana Preston  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Preston, Diana, 1952-
Cleopatra and Antony.
New York : Walker Pub. Co., 2009
(OCoLC)755278790
Named Person: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Marcus Antonius
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Preston
ISBN: 9780802717382 0802717381
OCLC Number: 236340973
Description: viii, 333 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Keeping it in the family --
Siblings and Sibylline prophecies --
The race for glory --
"Odi et amo" --
Crossing the Rubicon --
Like a virgin --
The Alexandrian War --
"Veni, vidi, vici" --
"Slave of the times" --
The ides of March --
"Flight of the queen" --
Ruler of the East --
Mighty Aphrodite --
"Give it to Fulvia" --
Single mother --
"The awful calamity" --
Sun and Moon --
"Theatrical, overdone, and anti-Roman" --
"A woman of Egypt" --
The Battle of Actium --
After Actium --
Death on the Nile --
"Too many Caesars is not a good thing" --
Postscript: "This pair so famous" --
Appendix: Putting a face to a famous name --
Who was who in the first century BC.
Responsibility: Diana Preston.
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[This volume presents the story] of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. In 30 BCE, the 39-year-old queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, the future first emperor Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of eleven years, Mark Antony, had himself committed suicide. Historian Diana Preston explores the lives and times of a couple whose names--two millennia later--still invoke passion and intrigue. Preston views this drama as an integral part of the military, political, and ideological struggle that culminated in the rise of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra ruled Egypt with political shrewdness. Her affair with Julius Caesar linked Egypt with Rome; in the aftermath of the civil war following Caesar's murder, her alliance with Antony, and his split with Octavian, set the stage for the end of the Roman Republic.--From publisher description.

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