The truth behind one of the greatest love stories of history.
After Julius Caesar's murder, his mistress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, heavily pregnant with his child, fled to Alexandria where she gave birth to their son. Civil war broke out in Rome, and Mark Antony, Caesar's friend, was given control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters in present-day Turkey,Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candle-lit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time – an eleven-year love affair between the ancient world's most famous celebrity couple that became all-consuming and which left the lovers oblivious to the threat of doom building up against them.
Filled with murder, intrigue, civil war and great battles, the tragedy of Cleopatra and Antony has fascinated the world for two millennia. Now Diana Preston has gone back to the original sources and delved into the real history behind the propaganda and the myth, to breathe new life into this epic love story.
“The most up-to-date account of Antony and Cleopatra, one of the most famous love stories of all time . . . tirelessly documented through original source documents that are used to explode some common myths.”
Big Issue magazine
“Her research is careful and deep; her prose is lively and graceful; her sympathy for her central character is strong but wholly without sentimentality; her depiction of the worlds in which Cleopatra lived is detailed, textured and evocative. If there is a better book about Cleopatra for today's reader, I don't know what it is.”
Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley