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The True Story Of 'Antony And Cleopatra'

Sep 28, 2010 (Talk of the Nation)

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They are arguably the most famous lovers in history. Marcus Antonius of Rome stood at the pinnacle of power, fighting to be the most powerful man in the known world; and Cleopatra VII Philopator was the queen of one ancient civilization, Egypt, and heir to the unmatched cultural achievements of another, Greece.

Their love affair, their war together, their defeat and, finally, their suicides have been told and retold for centuries. But most of those retellings have been far from accurate, according to author and historian Adrian Goldsworthy.

Goldsworthy, author of Antony and Cleopatra, describes the couple's true story and why so much of what we know about them is wrong.

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