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Publisher: Walker Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
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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 long run emperor Augustus. a number of days previous, her lover of 11 years, Mark Antony, had died in her hands following his personal botched suicide test. Oceans of mythology have grown up round them, all of which Diana Preston places to relaxation in her stirring background of the lives and occasions of a pair whose names-more than millennia later-still invoke ardour, interest, and intrigue.This e-book units the romance and tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra's own lives in the context in their political instances. there are lots of 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, distinct relationships confirmed, constitutional varieties and felony niceties invoked whilst it appropriate. certainly their lives and deaths had deep political ramifications, and so they provide a revealing point of view on a tipping element in Roman politics and at the consolidation of the Roman Empire. 300 years might go ahead of the east could, 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 need occurred had Antony and Cleopatra defeated Octavian on the conflict of Actium in 31 B.C.