Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expects that he will be Julius Caesar's successor. But when Caesar is murdered, his eighteen-year-old nephew, Octavian, is named as his heir. No-one, least of all Antony, expects Octavian to last; but his youth and slight frame conceal a remarkable determination and a sharp strategic mind.
Under Octavian's rule, the empire is divided, with Antony responsible for the fabulously rich East. There he meets Cleopatra, who is still mourning Caesar, her lover and the father of her only son. Despite his marriage to Octavian's sister, Antony is fascinated by the Egyptian queen. Drawn together by grief, ambition, passion and politics, they begin a very public love affair, and the tension between Antony and Octavian, already simmering, soon threatens to erupt into war ...
An epic story of power and scandal, battle and passion, politics and fate, brought vividly to life by one of Australia's most celebrated storytellers.
Colleen McCullough, voted one of Australia's 'National Living Treasures', has written an epic story of power, scandal, passion, politics and fate - the story of Antony and Cleopatra. This massive tour de force tells the true story of Antony and Cleopatra. Many lovers of historical fiction have, over hte years, accepted the Shakespearean version that seems to have been passed down over the centuries through film and theatre. Now McCullough has unravelled the myths and reserched the truth (over many years) to present a great work of historical fiction in an accurate, informative yet easy-to-read style that will delight fans and readers everywhere.
Harper Collins Publishers
Author: Colleen McCullough
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