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Drawing on his prodigious knowledge of the ancient world and his keen sense of the period's military and political history, Goldsworthy creates a singular portrait of the iconic lovers. "Antony and Cleopatra were first and foremost political animals," explains Goldsworthy, who places politics and ideology at the heart of their storied romance.
Undertaking a close analysis of ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of current scholarship and dispels misconceptions that have entered the popular consciousness. He explains why Cleopatra was consistently portrayed by Hollywood as an Egyptian, even though she was really Greek, and argues that Antony had far less military experience than anyone would suspect from reading Shakespeare and other literature. In addition Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.
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By KDM on 02-23-16
While I throughly enjoyed Antony and Cleopatra, I was disappointed in how little is actually known and so a book entitled about these two lovers ends up being more about Roman history ( no fault of the author since the solid proven facts are just not there ) with some hours devoted to A and C, basically telling us that
" little is known " !! But, it still was a very interesting listening experience and I just love Steven Crossley reading anything!!!
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By Eric Love on 06-27-15
Excellent history...juicy story...master storyteller ... all by the master historian of the ancient roman world....Adrian Goldsworthy....you can't get any better.... Don't look to the left or right.... just get it. Very exceptional work.... also dont miss Julius Caesar... and How Rome Fell... and also Agustus....Goldsworthy shines...his work rocks. ..
Anthony and Cleopatra. ... just spend your credit and soak it in. ...
3 of 4 people found this review helpful