By Diana Preston
On a stiflingly sizzling day in August, 30 B.C., the thirty-nine-year-old Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her personal existence, instead of be paraded in chains via Rome by way of her conqueror, Octavian, the longer term emperor Augustus. a couple of days past, her lover of 11 years, Mark Antony, had died in her hands following his personal botched suicide try out. Oceans of mythology have grown up round them, all of which Diana Preston places to leisure in her stirring heritage of the lives and occasions of a pair whose names―more than millennia later―still invoke ardour, interest, and intrigue.
This ebook units the romance and tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra's own lives in the context in their political occasions. there are various modern resonances: the connection among East and West and the character of empire, the concealment of private ambition underneath the watchword of liberty, files solid, edited or disposed of, unique relationships demonstrated, constitutional types and criminal niceties invoked while it ideal. certainly their lives and deaths had deep political ramifications, and so they supply a revealing viewpoint on a tipping element in Roman politics and at the consolidation of the Roman Empire. 300 years might go earlier than the east may, with the increase of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, once more take a proportion of political energy within the Mediterranean. In an interesting postscript, Preston speculates on what may have occurred had Antony and Cleopatra defeated Octavian on the conflict of Actium in 31 B.C.
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Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World by Diana Preston