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Antony and Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes a major event in world history: the founding of the Roman Empire. The future first emperor, Octavius Caesar (later called Augustus Caesar), cold-bloodedly manipulates other characters and exercises iron control over himself.

At first, he shares power with Mark Antony, Rome’s preeminent military leader, and the weaker Lepidus. Caesar needs Ant
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Bill  Kerwin

This play is so good that it is not merely a masterpiece but a mystery. The two protagonists are alternately noble and petty, wise and foolish, and yet never seem inconsistent or self-contradictory because Shakespeare--here is the mystery--consistently maintains a tone that is paradoxically both ironic and heroic. Part of it is the language, which shifts seamlessly from mellifluous monologues adorned with cosmic imagery (comparing Anthony and Cleopatra to continents, stars,etc.) to the most mode
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Kat Stark


Anthony chooses love over war, because Cleopatra is one sexy motherfucker.
Barry Pierce
Mark Antony is a real pain in the asp.
Ahmed Ibrahim
كليوباترا الفاتنة، كليوباترا العاشقة، كليوباترا الخائنة، كليوباترا المتكبرة، كليوباترا المخادعة، كليوباترا التي تفعل أي شيء في سبيل التاج، كليوباترا المخلصة... تبًا لكليوباترا التي لم استطع أن أفهمها على مدار المسرحية! شكسبير رسم شخصية معقدة ومتناقضة بشكل كبير.

من يتتبع التاريخ يعلم هذه الفترة الزمنية حيث طُردت كليوباترا من حكم مصر على يد أخيها بطليموس الثالث عشر، وبعدها لجئت هي بحيلها إلى يوليوس قيصر وأوقعته في غرامها لكي تستعيد حكم مصر، وتزوجا وأنجبت منه قيصرون.. ثم بعد موت قيصر عادت إلى مصر مر
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Fahad
Feb 19, 2013 Fahad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
أنطونيو وكليوباترا

تعلمنا في (روميو وجولييت) أنه عندما يحب فتى وفتاة، فإن الأمر ينتهي بموتى وعوائل مكلومة، أما هنا فنتعلم أنه عندما يحب ملك وملكة، فإن الأمر ينتهي بحرب وأمة مغلوبة.

إن قصة كليوباترا من دون حتى أن تقرن بأنطونيو هي قصة مثيرة، إنها ملكة وعشيقة، عشقت أولاً وتزوجت يوليوس قيصر الذي وصلت إليه كما تقول الأسطورة ملفوفة في سجادة، ثم بعدما قتل على يد المتآمرين في روما، عشقت مارك أنطونيو حتى انتحرت بعد موته، كل هذه الحياة المليئة بالحروب والدسائس والمؤمرات، وكل ما قيل عن جمالها الأخاذ يجعلها
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Mounir
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Ümit
Kleopatra cidden süper karakter. Tıpkı bahsedildiği gibi saçma sapan bir coşkunlukta, delilikte; asaletini hiçbir an kaybetmese de çoğu zaman ergen bir kız gibi de davranabilmekte. Antonius ise tam bir trajedi kurbanı, yaptığı hatalar ve femme fatale'ı sonunda ölümüne sebep oluyor. Ve tabii bu hem bir aşk hikayesi hem de tarihi bir kurmaca; Roma'nın yıkılışına bile ışık tutabilir üstüne düşünülürse zira Roma çoğu zaman uçkur sevdası yönünde şekillenmiştir. Yine de Roma'yı severiz ahlaksızlığında ...more
Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Antony cannot keep his penis in his pants, and ends up dead. Cleopatra is a cunning Slyhterin, I like her.
نرمين الشامي
الصمت في حرم الجمال جمال
فهناك اشياء تعجز الكلمات عن وصف مدى روعتها
فأنا الان احاول ان اصف ما اعجبني في تلك المسرحية ولا اجد الكلمات المناسبة
فهل اصف الحوار العميق الذي يريك سمات كل شخصية ويجعلك تشاركها في دواخلها ومشاعرها وتعقيداتها
ام اتحدث عن تسلسل الاحداث الذي كان مناسبا لما تريد المسرحية ان تقوله بلا زيادة او نقصان
حيث نرى كيف يمكن للهوى ان يلهو بصاحبه ويلغي عقله ويحوله لشخص اخر تماما يأتي بأفعال ربما لم يكن يتصور ان يفعلها في يوم من الايام وهذا ما نراه في شخص انطونيو الذي لولا الهوى الذي افقد
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David
What does it say about me that I find myself so much in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra? More-so even than in Hamlet. In Cleopatra I see my many shortcomings in love: my possessiveness, my jealousies, my need for attention and affection, and most of all the need to have love proven again and again; and ultimately these are the foibles which bring about my own destruction in love. Like Cleopatra, I think I know my advantages, what angles I look best, where best to drive conversation, what acti ...more
Mounir
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بسام عبد العزيز
إذن أنتوني كان يعشق كليوباترا و في رحلة عابرة إلى روما يقرر الزواج من اوكتافيا! فجأة بدون أي مقدمات؟!
و إذا كان قد تزوجها لمنع الحرب مع أخيها القيصر ففجأة يعد أيام ينسى هذا السبب و يعود إلى كليوبترا؟!!!
و إذا كان قائدا حربيا ذكيا ففجأة نجده لا يعبأ بغضب القيصر بعد أن هجر اخته؟!!
و إذا كانت كليوبترا تحبه ففجأة تتركه في الحرب و تهرب؟!!
و إذا كانت قد هربت ففجأة نجد أنتوني يجري ورائها و يظل معها بعد الهزيمة؟!!!!
و إذا كانت عاشقة مخلصة ففجأة توافق على عرض القيصر لخيانة أنتوني؟!

حقيقة... ما هذا اللامنطق ال
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Kay Fair
Sep 25, 2009 Kay Fair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Their celebrity couple name would be... AntoPatra.

And essentially, that is what Antony and Cleopatra are: a celebrity couple. And just like the crazy jump-on-the-couch love of TomKat, their affection is subject to deep suspicion and speculation by the public. The romance of AntoPatra is often compared with that of Romeo and Juliet in regard to both passion and poetry. However, the circumstance of celebrity makes Antony and Cleopatra vastly, sadly different from the star-crossed young lovers of V
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Rowland Bismark
Jun 04, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote Antony and Cleopatra in 1606, immediately after Macbeth, and it is one of the last great tragedies that Shakespeare produced. The most geographically sweeping of Shakespeare’s plays, Antony and Cleopatra’s setting is the entire Roman Empire, its backdrop the well-documented history of Octavius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Cleopatra. Shakespeare’s primary source for Antony and Cleopatra was the Life of Marcus Antonius contained in Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble ...more
Rhiannon Johnson
Dec 22, 2012 Rhiannon Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The character Cleopatra, in William Shakespeare's “Antony and Cleopatra,” possesses a multitude of contradictions. Through constant clashes in speech and action, Shakespeare constructs a complex female character. Critic Anna Jameson refers to Cleopatra as “a brilliant antithesis—a compound of contradictions” (Quint 244). Jameson recognizes Shakespeare's “deep meaning and wonderous [sic] skill in the apparent enigma” of Cleopatra (244). Shakespeare remediates the stories of Plutarch and Genesis t ...more
R.J. Askew
Apr 03, 2012 R.J. Askew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A WONDERFUL PIECE OF WORK


Love. Power. Love. Power. Which is the eye drawn to? It’s said women love powerful men. So does love follow power? Wealth seems to. Are powerful men happier than all the rest? And powerful women? It’s said that men are terrified of them. And if the lover loves the power more than its holder? Can love conquor power? And if it does? What of power then? Can a powerful man surrender to love and remain powerful? Behind every powerful man… Power. Love. Power. Love. Antony. Cl
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StarsInMyEyes
Apr 22, 2016 StarsInMyEyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Choosing my favorite Shakespeare play is like choosing my favorite candy. But if I had to pick one I would say Antony and Cleopatra.
Emadeddin
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أنتوني و كليوبترا، يا لها من مسرحية!

أعترف أنني لم أكن أتوقع أن تكون الرواية بهذا الشكل. بالطبع توقعت أن تكون جميلة وتوقعت أيضاً أن أحبّـها، ولكنني لم أتصور شخصيات المسرحية أن تكون بهذا الشكل. وبالذات كليوبترا، شخصيتها صدمتني!

فقبل أن أبدأ بقراءة المسرحية كنت أتوقع أن تكون كليوبترا قوية، مُلهِمةً، عظيمة وحكيمة جداً. ولكن المفاجأة كانت في أن شخصيتها الحقيقية كما هي في المسرحية كانت شخصية مليئة بالفجوات ونقاط الضعف. هي لم تكن قوية، بل كانت جميلة جداً وفي جمالها كانت قوتها! فبمجرد نظرة منها يذوب المل
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Helen (Helena/Nell)
I like this play. I love the poetry of it. Some of the lines seem to have lingered in my mind all my life:

"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale,
Her infinite variety."

and

"The demi-Atlas of this earth, the arm
And burgonet of men. "

They are great lovers, Anthony and Cleopatra, and it is marvelous that they are not young lovers like Romeo and Juliet, just great lovers. I can’t help seeing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: magnificent actors, huge and flawed and able to create a fabulous spell
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
عنوان: آنتونی و کلئوپاترا؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: علاالدین پازارگادی؛ نمایشنامه غم انگیز آنتونی و کلئوپاترا؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه، 1334؛ چاپ دیگر: 1359؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1379، در 245 ص؛ شابک: 9789644452581؛ چاپ هفتم 1392؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 16 م

عنوان: آنتونی و کلئوپاترا؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: محمدعلی اسلامی ندوشن؛ تهران، یزدان، 1363؛ در 238 ص؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 16 م
عنوان: آنتونی
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Evan
Mark it thus...
The Bard meets the greatest love story of all time.
And the result is -- hours later -- after epic power plays, wrenching loyalty shifts in love and politics, the movements of nations; love won, lost, won and lost again -- after anger, vengeance, recrimination, betrayal and tears -- the tears of the players, and ours; and the final extinguishment of love's embers, we are spent and satisfied and elated and, again, moved by the work of an incomparable genius.

I devoted myself to an An
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Ben Dutton
Mar 12, 2012 Ben Dutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a play you read for plot. Yes, an awful lot happens – empires fall, I guess, and there are battles and personal tragedies, and it has the scale of an epic. But all those thing, they happen in the periphery. They are the background against which Shakespeare imagines the romance and fall of two great lovers – Anthony and Cleopatra.

This play is one of Shakespeare’s great poetical works. There are innumerable quotable lines here, and the lovers express themselves with such eloquence, it
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Jenny
Mar 17, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* για την ακρίβεια.
Η Κλεοπάτρα κι ο Μάρκος Αντώνιος είναι πολύ αγαπημένα μου ιστορικά πρόσωπα κι αισθάνομαι ότι τους αδικεί η εικόνα τους στο έργο αυτό..Αυτός είναι κι ο λόγος που έκοψα από τη βαθμολογία,μαζί με ορισμένα αδύναμα σημεία και την κακή μετάφραση του Ρώτα.

[Σημειώνω εδώ,για όποιον ενδιαφέρεται,ότι κατά την άποψή μου ο Καρθαίος έκανε την καλύτερη δουλειά στη μετάφραση έργων του βάρδου!]
Michelle
This story of love, loss, and betrayal is boring beyond words. Antony and Cleopatra are spoiled rotten people who use others for their own gain. They claim to love one another, but betray each other regularly. My husband correctly attributed it to a cross between "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" and "The Kardashians" - rich people who marry for power and whine about it later. I have no interest in TV shows like that and I didn't have much interest in this. I gave it 2 stars because there are some fu ...more
sologdin
Oct 14, 2014 sologdin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
zombie queen seduces revenger of Julius Caesar, thereby homewrecking the SPQR, then kills self in order to avoid self-reflexive theatrical spectacle, which must be exactly like listening to one's own voice on voicemail.
Stephanie
Apr 24, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-plays
Book club selection (and I wish they had the correct edition to put here, because I'm superficially annoyed by how this one looks).

Edit: This is a play that I didn't like all that much the first time I read it. I am temperamentally prejudiced against characters who put Grand Passion over duty, to start with, so began with a chip on my shoulder against Antony. Then, of course, it's not the easiest Shakespeare play to read and there are a crazy number of scenes and all sorts of things that happen
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Chris
When everyone thinks of great Shakespearean plays, Hamlet springs to mind, or Lear , or The Tempest, or Dream or the lust filled R&J. I, however, think Tony and Cleo, if I may be informal, is one of Shakespeare's best.

Instead of the heady, young lust, sorry, love that is R&J we are presented with a mature love affair, a love affair that perhaps echoes the court of King James I. A world where the playwright is entirely sympathetic to an Antony who allows his appetite to dominate him. What
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Debra
Nov 26, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-won
I received a copy of this book/play through good reads first reads giveaway. I really enjoyed it! it took me the beginning of the first act to get used to the writing. I really liked how Shakespeare made all of the characters human, flawed yet strong at the same time. I knew the story of course, but Shakespeare brought it to life. I had never read this work before but I am really glad I won this book. I haven't read Shakespeare in a long time and now I want to read romeo and juliet again. this b ...more
Cindy Rollins
Shakespeare's longest play and it shows. He seems to get caught up in the history in the early acts. The history happens to be very confusing and we do not come to it with a lot of background. We have to scramble around figuring out that there are two Caesars mentioned-Octavius or Augustus and Julius Caesar the father of Cleopatra's children. To add to the confusion there is Octavia, Augustus's sister who marries Mark Antony after his first wife dies.
Add in the fact that it is hard to figure ou
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Jim Coughenour
Sep 21, 2014 Jim Coughenour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
I'm a little embarrassed I've put off reading this play for decades, because I've always assumed it would be dull, not in the stratosphere with the Great Tragedies. It was anything but dull – but then again, it may not be a tragedy either. Shakespeare virtually invented these larger-than-life characters. As John Wilders (the editor of the Arden edition) points out, the final scene "is unlike anything in Shakespeare's other tragedies and its uniqueness arises in part from the deliberately spectac ...more
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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