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Antony and Cleopatra Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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And, ignore the one-star reviews. They review the price, not the content, which is ridiculous.
I like the new (revived?) practice of writing about Ancient history for the general reader. Adrian Goldsworthy is a master of this genre, and "Antony and Cleopatra" does not disappoint.
The author advises his readers that this is not a history of Ancient Rome and Egypt but a biography, and that he will only relate those events that are directly related to the lives of the protagonists. However, he creates enough of an historical and social background to give the general reader a good understanding of where we are - and maybe an increased interest in the Ancient world per se. I have to admit that I tend to scan these kinds of overview such as in Chapters I and II, but in "Antony and Cleopatra" I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.
My complete review:
As with How Rome Fell (the author is best known for Caesar: Life of a Colossus), the depth of Goldsworthy's research is remarkable. He covers not just the lives of these two players but also the Roman world in which they grew up, along with a brief history of their families - the Ptolemaic royal family descended from Alexander the Great and that resulted in Cleopatra's family line, and of Antony's well-known aristocratic family.
Little is known about either childhood, but he gives us what he can, clearly noting where something is supported by historical document or whether it's suggested or inferred from what is known of the time period. Where supposition and speculation are involved, Goldsworthy never presents it as fact but as differing theories. It's interesting to explore these historical gray areas, but I like a historian who will present his view while not averring that his view is obvious fact.Read more ›
Stacey Schiff biography may be getting the press coverage, but Goldsworthy's is the one that will stand the test of time. It reads well, but is also based on solid research. I cannot recommend it enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bored to death, and hoped for a somewhat more novelistic approach to history. Not what I had hoped for and could not, would not finish.Published 7 months ago by Larry N. English
Okay, I can go on about this author, but others already have. The story of these political lovers doomed by their own wants is deep and timeless. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sammy
Let's face it; there is nothing much new here in historical terms, but Mr. Goldsworthy's insights and reinterpretations of fact make this a first rate book, particularly in his... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bradley K. Geagley
Goldsworthy is great on Rome and its associated history, at least as far as this engineer can tell. This was a bit of a rehash of his books on Caesar and the establishment of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian A. Robideau
As an author of the book Split From Earth, a book centered around this genre of sorts, this book provided an in depth insight into the realm of Cleopatra and Antony, her estranged... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Forrest
Adrian Goldsworthy is one of my favorite historical writers. He researches all of his writings well. Read morePublished 15 months ago by T. Ellsworth