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Author Preston, Diana, 1952-

Title Cleopatra and Antony : power, love, and politics in the ancient world / Diana Preston.

Imprint New York : Walker & Co., c2009.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    932.021 PRE    Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description viii, 333 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 25 cm.
Note Originally published: London : Doubleday, 2008.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-318) and index.
Contents I. Dynasty of eagles. Keeping it in the family ; Siblings and Sibylline prophecies -- II. Romulus' cesspit. The race for glory ; "Odi et amo" ; Crossing the Rubicon -- III. Queen of Egypt, mistress of Rome. Like a virgin ; The Alexandrian War ; "Veni, vidi, vici" ; "Slave of the times" ; The Ides of March -- IV. Isis alone. "Flight of the queen" ; Ruler of the East -- V. Taming Heracles. Mighty Aphrodite ; "Give it to Fulvia" ; Single mother ; "The awful calamity" -- VI. Gods of the East. 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.
Summary 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.
Subject Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, -30 B.C.
Antonius, Marcus, 83 B.C.?-30 B.C.
Couples -- Egypt -- Biography.
Power (Social sciences) -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Love -- Political aspects -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Political culture -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Egypt -- History -- 332-30 B.C. -- Biography.
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 332-30 B.C.
ISBN 9780802717382 (hardcover)
0802717381 (hardcover)

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