This book is about Marc Antony, triumvir, lieutenant of Caesar, lover of Cleopatra, and the future Emperor Augustus's most formidable adversary. That there isn't more written on one of the most famous men in history is astonishing. This book rectifies some of that. It is short, at only 160 pages, but it covers an awful lot in those pages. Antony is often seen in a negative manner, at least among experts, but Miss Southern points out how hostile all of the sources are to him. Augustus didn't want any positive accounts of Antony to come out, and by the time he died there were few alive who could remember the man.
on 28 March 2016
When I started reading this book, I had only heard of Mark Antony throught other books on Roman History. I was intrigued by the first chapters, which were of an introductory nature, describing the general flow of events, that lead to the moulding of Antony's character and ambitions. Thereafter, the book becomes more fast-paced, always focused on Antony, but against the background of the era. I like the author's impartiality, in that he presents both the negative and positive points of view (regarding Antony's actions) and then lets the reader decide. The book is reasonably detailed and not to lenghty. All things considered, it is an ideal introduction to the subject, and, after all, more detailed sources are provided in the end.