Story of cleopatra and marc anthony

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Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World by Diana Preston

The story of the worlds best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time.

On a stiflingly hot day in August 30 b.c., the thirty-nine-year-old queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, Octavian--the future first emperor, Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of eleven years, Mark Antony, had himself committed suicide and died in her arms. Oceans of mythology have grown up around them, all of which Diana Preston explores in her stirring history of the lives and times of a couple whose names--more than two millennia later--still invoke passion, curiosity, and intrigue.

Preston views the drama and romance of Cleopatra and Antonys personal lives as an integral part of the great military, political, and ideological struggle that culminated in the full-fledged rise of the Roman Empire, joined east and west. Perhaps not until Joanna in fourteenth-century Naples or Elizabeth I of England would another woman show such political shrewdness and staying power as did Cleopatra during her years atop the throne of Egypt. Her lengthy affair with Julius Caesar linked the might of Egypt with that of Rome; in the aftermath of the civil war that erupted following Caesars murder, her alliance with Antony, and his subsequent split with Octavian, set the stage for the end of the Republic.

With the keen eye for detail, abundant insight, and storytelling skill that have won awards for her previous books, Diana Preston sheds new light on a vitally important period in Western history. Indeed, had Cleopatra and Antony managed to win the battle of Actium, the centuries that followed, which included the life of Jesus himself, could well have played out differently.
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But she is not alone. In her arms is her lover, the Roman general and statesman Mark Antony 83 BC , who is dying of a self-inflicted stab wound. As he slowly slips away Cleopatra wails, beating her chest, smearing herself in his blood. Usually, a master of self-possession, she is losing her mind. Antony dies as Cleopatra holds him.

All rights reserved. In 42 B. The triumvirate of Lepidus, Octavian, and Mark Antony was an uneasy alliance after turbulent times. Placed in charge of the eastern provinces, Mark Antony found himself far from Rome and immersed in the Hellenistic culture he had always adored. Read more about archaeologists' search for Cleopatra. As Antony journeyed to take up his new responsibilities, amorous adventures ranked low on his agenda. He also knew that a major victory against a foreign foe would greatly enhance his personal prestige and power.

Their love story had started over 10 years earlier when both were in their prime. In 41 BC, Antony sent for Cleopatra while he was staying in the magnificent city of Tarsus, near the coast of what . Mark Antony occupied one.
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The Egyptian Queen has been immortalized by numerous writers and film-makers, most popularly by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra, and by Hollywood in Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The latter work features the memorable image of the enticing young Cleopatra emerging gracefully from an unfurled carpet in front of Roman general Julius Caesar. Or did she play an important role not only in the history of Egypt , but also in that of the mighty Roman Republic? She is said to have entered the city by sailing up the Cydnus River in a decorated barge with purple sails, while dressed in the robes of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Antony, who equated himself with the god Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, was instantly won over.


  1. Blanche D. says:

    Antony was a supporter of Julius Caesar , and served as one of his generals during the conquest of Gaul and the Civil War.

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    O ne of the most famous love stories by William Shakespeare, the love story of Antony and Cleopatra is a true test of love.

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