By Diana Preston
On a stiflingly sizzling day in August, 30 B.C., the thirty-nine-year-old Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her personal lifestyles, instead of be paraded in chains via Rome by means of her conqueror, Octavian, the long run emperor Augustus. a couple of days previous, her lover of 11 years, Mark Antony, had died in her palms following his personal botched suicide try. Oceans of mythology have grown up round them, all of which Diana Preston places to leisure in her stirring background of the lives and instances of a pair whose names―more than millennia later―still invoke ardour, interest, and intrigue.
This e-book units the romance and tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra's own lives in the context in their political instances. there are lots of modern resonances: the connection among East and West and the character of empire, the concealment of non-public ambition underneath the watchword of liberty, files cast, edited or disposed of, designated relationships demonstrated, constitutional kinds and criminal niceties invoked whilst it applicable. certainly their lives and deaths had deep political ramifications, and so they provide a revealing standpoint on a tipping aspect in Roman politics and at the consolidation of the Roman Empire. 300 years could move earlier than the east could, with the increase of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, once more take a proportion of political energy within the Mediterranean. In an fascinating postscript, Preston speculates on what may need occurred had Antony and Cleopatra defeated Octavian on the conflict of Actium in 31 B.C.
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For four years, from the time I was age ten to fourteen, my father subscribed to Kárpátia—a nearby restaurant and Budapest landmark where Gypsies played violins and I ate dinner, my dog at my feet. Every night, I sat and studied the menu, carefully weighing my choices . . and every night I ordered the same thing: Wiener schnitzel with raspberry sauce and potato salad for me, and a pail of bones for Sultan. 13 American Dreamer After dinner I’d round out the day with a book, getting lost in a fantasy by Jules Verne or an adventure by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan again) in German translation.
Nevertheless, by the end of that summer, after six weeks of training—without actual guns or artillery to train with—some two hundred thousand Hungarian young men and boys had been packed onto trains headed east . . into a buzz saw. All the while, my fellow conspirators and I continued to press our point. Hitler was not our savior; he was our enslaver. But no one was listening, and I grew increasingly frustrated, several times nearly coming to blows with some young Arrow Cross bullyboy spouting off in a nightclub.
They were not hard to spot, and getting into fights with them—and thus getting into their crosshairs—was not the smartest thing for me to do. But I am my father’s son, and I’ve never been one to keep my opinions to myself. I have to admit, in that summer of surreal calm, false hope, and fragile prosperity, I was not immune to the temptations and illusions of peace. I was a young man in love, and Klâri and I spent many hours taking pleasure in each other’s company—sunning along the banks of the Danube, finding shady, secluded spots in the great Városliget Park.
Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World by Diana Preston