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Throne of Isis door Judith Tarr
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Throne of Isis (origineel 1994; editie 1995)

door Judith Tarr (Auteur)

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Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar, and bore his only son. After his death, she took his greatest general, Mark Antony, as her lover and consort-and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together, they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne. Throne of Isis shows us an extraordinary woman wielding the power to which she was born. Here is the Cleopatra who took the throne of Egypt and held it, despite Rome, for nearly thirty years. Here is the woman who spoke twelve languages, studied philosophy and the arts, and could debate with the greatest scholars of the age. Here is the woman who fell in love with a man she meant to use. And here is historical fiction at its best.… (meer)
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Titel:Throne of Isis
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Info:Tor Books (1995), Edition: First Edition
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Throne of Isis door Judith Tarr (1994)

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A historical novel with fantastic elements chronicling the love affair between Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. I hesitate to characterise it as historical fantasy (book 2 in the series which I've owned for many years isn't), but the magical thread is there although discreet.

Dione, the Voice of Isis, a distant cousin of Cleopatra, forms part of her court. She is the mother of two sons; the elder lives with his father (who divorced Dione), and is rather strait-laced, the younger, who is very wild, lives with his mother. Starting after Cleopatra flees Rome following Julius Caesar's assassination, the story ends with Cleopatra's suicide.

It makes an interesting read; I read Gillian Bradshaw's take on Caesarion while back, but this book covers a longer time period.

Recommended.
  Maddz | Nov 28, 2019 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Judith Tarrprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Conlin, GraceVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Giancola, DonatoArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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Now's the time to drink,
now's the time to strike the earth with freedom's foot,
now's the time to deck the couch of the gods
with the banquets of the dancing priests,
my friends.

Before this it was a forbidden thing
to draw the Caecuban wine
from our grandfathers' cellars,
while the mad queen was preparing
ruin and destruction
for the Capitol and the empire

With her flock of freaks and perverts,
frenzied enough to dream of victory,
and drunk on sweet good fortune.

But the escape of scarce one ship from the flames
moderated her rage,
and Caesar brought her mind,
mad drunk with the wine of Mareotis,
under the power of true fear -

Driving her with ships in close pursuit
as she flew from Italy,
as the hawk pursues the tender dove
or the swift hunter the hare
in Haemonia's wintry fields -
that he would lead in chains

That prodigy of fate.
She, seeking a more noble death,
did not in womanly wise fear the sword,
nor seek hidden shores with her swift fleet.

And she, bold woman, looked even on her fallen palace
with serene face, and bravely took in her hands
the savage serpents,
to drink deep their black poison.

Fiercely she resolved to die,
loathing to be borne in cruel Liburnian galleys,
loathing to be led, cast down from her throne,
in a Roman's haughty triumph -
no humble woman, she.
- Horace, Odes Lxxxvii (trans. by Judith Tarr)
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To Bruce and Tracey
for all the help, advice, and moral support,
particularly the input on matters military
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Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar, and bore his only son. After his death, she took his greatest general, Mark Antony, as her lover and consort-and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together, they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne. Throne of Isis shows us an extraordinary woman wielding the power to which she was born. Here is the Cleopatra who took the throne of Egypt and held it, despite Rome, for nearly thirty years. Here is the woman who spoke twelve languages, studied philosophy and the arts, and could debate with the greatest scholars of the age. Here is the woman who fell in love with a man she meant to use. And here is historical fiction at its best.

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