2010 Non-Fiction Release: Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

Author and historian Adrian Goldsworthy will be releasing a new non-fiction work on Antony & Cleopatra this fall.  I for one love anything Cleopatra and will most definitely be reading this.

What about you, dear reader?

Release Date:  September 28, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of antiquity, preeminent historian Adrian Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time. A history of lives lived intensely at a time when the world was changing profoundly, the book takes readers on a journey that crosses cultures and boundaries from ancient Greece and ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire.

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. Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

A masterfully told—and deeply human—story of love, politics, and ambition, Goldsworthy’s Antony and Cleopatra delivers a compelling reassessment of a major episode in ancient history.

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  1. I've already marked my calendar to grab this one and read it in Sept! Thanks for the update!

  2. Oh, yes, this does look good! I have another book about Cleopatra from Margaret George that I have not gotten the chance to read yet, but I did recently read Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and since then I have been wanting to know more about her life. On to the wish list this goes! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks like a great book. I love your book blog site too.

  4. wow, this sounds very good!
    i'll have to add it to my every growing wish list.

  5. I love it when a serious look is taken at historical figures and new information is brought out. This should be an interesting book.

  6. I like Antony and Cleo too and a nonfiction sounds great. I'll be looking for this one.


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