Julius Caesar in Egypt
Cleopatra and the War in Alexandria
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
192 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 3 maps
- June 2023
- In Stock
Instead, Caesar – as if he did not have enough to do already – plunged gleefully into the world of Egyptian palace politics, riven by dynastic dispute. He quickly sided with the beguiling Queen Cleopatra (after her famous carpet trick), despite having little more than a bodyguard with him. Most of his army was still in Greece, leaving him massively outnumbered by the Egyptian forces. The Romans were besieged in Alexandria for seven months before reinforcements could get through to them.
Julius Caesar in Egypt is a true story of double-cross, assassination and intrigue accompanied by lively battles, daring escapes, disastrous fires (the Great Library of Alexandria was largely destroyed in one fracas) and, if not a love story, at least a tale of sex and power as Caesar and Cleopatra’s relationship shaped these world-changing events.
"The book is at its best when dealing with the human actors that shaped history. This easily read chronicle of Caesar's experiences in Egypt is highly recommended for history enthusiasts." ~World History Encyclopedia
“A solid work of impressively meticulous and exceptionally informative scholarship…” ~Midwest Book Review
“A fascinating and quick read, this book does a great job providing the background to why Caesar went to Egypt and how he got mixed into a civil war.” ~Military Book Club