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Antony & Cleopatra

Adrian Goldsworthy

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, 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, this book takes listeners 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. In addition, Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, 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, this book takes listeners 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. In addition, Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.
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In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, 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, this book takes listeners 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. In addition, Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

17h 14m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

12:37


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

12:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

12:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

17:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

12:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

10:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

15:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

18:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

14:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

13:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

11:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

14:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

14:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

17:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

12:30


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

14:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

24:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

17:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

10:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

24:42


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

16:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

19:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

28:55