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Antonio y Cleopatra (Masters of Rome #7)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,633 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
La culminación de la Saga de Roma, que ha entusiasmado a millones de lectores.
Roma, año 41 d. J. C. Tras la muerte del César, Octavio y Marco Antonio se ponen de acuerdo para administrar juntos
el imperio: Marco Antonio gobernará en las provincias del Este y Octavio en las del Oeste, donde está Roma, el corazón del imperio. Marco Antonio buscará la ayuda de Cleopatra para
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720 pages
Published 2008 by Planeta (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kandice
Jan 30, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1412-challenge
January 2015 -
McCullough's writing slays me because it's so smart. I feel smarter after devouring one of her novels. She researches EVERYTHING so every word and description feels spot on.

I always fall deeply into McCullough's books. Her writing style is so accessible, that even when the story is mired in history, geography, Latin, unfamiliar words, hard to remember names...I still live it as I read!

I love the story of A&C and have read many versions. The uber-romantic ones appealed to me whe
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Elaine
Oct 01, 2008 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book since I finished McCullough's previous book from this august series (no pun intended)The October Horse. It has been years. So my expectations were high, but the actual experience was not.

Have I changed in my reading tastes or was this book labored? I slogged through endless lists of names and details that were sometimes only tangential to the plot. I suppose that is part of the author's gift, but the actual historical events were so exciting I was impatient to s
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Tom Landry
This was actually a pretty good book I almost never finished. The problem I had with it was that when she was describing the overview of what was going on at the time there were so many locations and people I could not keep track of what was going on and became a bit frustrated. I needed a map and a character log or something. She also tended to use words I have never heard of (they call them $100 words or something like that) but I was able to figure out what she was talking about. After about ...more
Brian
Jan 02, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masters-of-rome
By itself it is a very good book, but because to is in the Masters of Rome series, it can only recive 4 stars. It would have been five stars, except the Mrs. McCullough did not put an explanation at the conclusion of the novel like she normally has in the rest of the series. It may seem trival but I thought it was very important to these books.
Louise
May 12, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, rome-fiction
There are clues early on that this will be a new twist of an old story. Antony suspected in Caesar's murder? Caesarion, not a brat but a precocious co-regnant with his own ideas on government? Has this been speculated before?

As the book progresses McCullough develops her theme, the reader comes to believe that this is IT: The true interpretation of this variously interpreted story.

Like all McCullough books, this one is an achievement. Because she is always meticulous, I expect every the fact of
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Olethros
Mar 29, 2016 Olethros rated it liked it
-Remate a la serie y a la República de Roma, de paso.-

Género. Novela Histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Con la peculiar victoria en la batalla de Filipos se ha derrotado a los asesinos de César, junto a buena parte de sus simpatizantes, y tras casi sesenta años de guerra civil en Roma, en distintos formatos y fases, se busca la paz dividiendo el control de sus territorios entre Octavio y Marco Antonio, más otra zona para Lépido. Pero tampoco así se logrará que la guerra no siga castigando las arcas y
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Whitney St-Marseille
Let me start by saying that I am normally not a fan of historical fiction; but this book may have just changed my mind. It was fantastic. Intelligently written and precise; I continuously marvelled how McCullough was able to keep all of the names and places of Ancient Greece, Italy and Egypt straight. I mean, as the reader, I found it difficult so I can only imagine what trying to write it must have been like. I would have liked an epilogue describing her research; I’m curious how much of the st ...more
Jim
Feb 25, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a bit of a letdown from the previous six books. My understanding is that McCullough intended the series to end with The October Horse, and it shows. Although "Antony and Cleopatra" is sprawling with history and is quite entertaining, it does feel more obligatory and less passionate than its predecessors, which felt more like a single, massive tale.

Brief recap: The October Horse ends with Julius Caesar assassinated and many of the conspirators dead, including Brutus and Cassius.
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Judith Geary
Aug 13, 2009 Judith Geary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all McCullough's incredibly researched books on ancient Rome, the strength of this one like in the exquisite attention to detail. It covers the period from 41 BCE to 27 BCE, and we do get the story of Anthony and Cleopatra, but the stars are Octavianus, Octavia and Livia Drusilla.
Deborah Pickstone
I am left with the impression that CMc didn't much like Cleopatra. Octavian/Caesar Divis/Augustus comes across more positively than I have seen him written before and a close look at Agrippa was most interesting.

Was Marcus Antonius a hero or an anti-hero? Maybe both. Poor Antonius, certainly he was flawed in his lack of self-discipline at inconvenient moments and his impulsiveness. In this story of super-human characters he functions as Everyman.

The unknown fate of Caesarion continues to fasci
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Manu Prasad
Jul 25, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
The seventh book of the Masters of Rome series. Unfortunately, I skipped the three before this (just couldn't find them at my regular places!) but the book thankfully works stand alone too.

This book marks the transition of Rome from a republic to an empire with the principal character, despite the book title, being Octavian, heir to Caesar's name and fortune, over the other hopeful Mark Antony.

The book spans the period from 41-27 BC, beginning with the aftermath of the Battle of Philippi and th
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Justin Neville
Jun 25, 2013 Justin Neville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this book, the last in what is a magnificent seven-book series of historical fiction, published over 17 years with increasing gaps towards the end.

No question, the earlier books in the series were the best. The last two or three were not as good and probably are not suitable entry points to this series.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed "Antony and Cleopatra" and found it in fact more readable than the previous volume "The October Horse", whose earlier chapters were particularly
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Vicki Cline
This final book in McCullough's Masters of Rome series was disappointing, considering how good the previous books were. Part of the problem is that there's not really anyone to root for. Antony in particular seems totally incompetent, either being drunk or feeling sorry for himself, not planning ahead for his battles, choosing bad advisors. Cleopatra is more focused, her sole purpose being to get Caesarion to rule the world from Rome and/or Alexandria. Octavian is the winner, of course, but he's ...more
Linda Harkins
Dec 01, 2011 Linda Harkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book in McCullough's Masters of Rome series for which she was awarded a doctorate--and rightly so! Well, if it wasn't an asp, could it have been a cobra? Cleopatra certainly didn't drink poison according to McCullough. Why did Julius Caesar's 15-year-old son by Cleopatra have to die? Why were Antony's children by Cleopatra allowed to live? What was Octavian's part in all of this? Caesar Romulus or Caesar Augustus? Which name was more appropriate and why? McCullough gives the re ...more
Alison
Apr 11, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not an easy book to get through. Keeping names straight (e.g. Antonius-Antonio-Antony; Octavious-Octavio for example) was one road bump to smooth reading-as the reader needed context to know if they were one in the same person as a few names were quite common, another was the names of cities. I picked up this book after watching the movie "Anthony and Cleopatra" and was amazed at how much of the story line was left on the editing floor. Of course, the movie was quite long as it was. Wha ...more
Gregg Wingo
Dec 16, 2015 Gregg Wingo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Masters of Rome series since the beginning but I failed to notice that this one came out in 2007 so I was very excited to buy it and start reading it. Perhaps, too much. I have enjoyed the series and found it insightful about the internal and external forces that destroyed the Roman Republic and birthed the Roman Empire. Over all, this is a great set of books and hopefully we still have one more named "Augustus" to be published posthumously ahead of us. Seven is an odd number but ...more
Rebecca Huston
The seventh and (so-far) last book in the Masters of Rome series. Some great new twists on this story, with an Antony and Cleopatra that many have not seen before. I enjoyed this one very much, even though I knew quite well how the story was going to turn out. And the Livia that you meet in here is very different than the one in I, Claudius.

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Teresa Ferreira
Chegou ao fim a saga Os Senhores de Roma. Pena que já não tenhamos Colleen Mccullough entre nós para nos dar mais excelentes romances sobre Roma de outros tempos. Com a leitura destes livros fico com uma enorme vontade de ler uma boa biografia de César, homem maior de todos os tempos, bem como do seu sucessor César Augusto. Ler estes livros desta escritora foi uma lição de história e um prazer indescritível. Recomendo vivamente.
Nishant Bhagat
Apr 02, 2015 Nishant Bhagat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been quite intrigued as well as been emotionally attached to the Roam Empire since I studied William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. When I had come across the Emperor series of Conn Iggulden, I had lapped it up. The only aspect I had not read about was this famous love story of Antony & Cleopatra.

When I chanced upon this book at the library I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised with the detailing of the Roman way of life in this book. The author surely had done her research and so
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Erin
Sep 16, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to check out the audio book twice to get through all 26 hours & got many of the names, races & locations mixed up in my head, but I don't think I'd have read the whole thing in book form. Reinforced my understanding that a) there are so many repeated names in Roman history that you would have to specialize to keep them straight, b) rulers should never be encouraged to believe they are gods, and c) the most important job of the politicians is to manipulate & obfuscate while tellin ...more
Shawn
Jun 16, 2014 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now completed all of the Master's of Rome series! That is quite an accomplishment for anyone who is aware of the size of each volume. McCullough consistently portrays Julius Caesar as too brilliant, too farsighted, too modern for my tastes although I have stuck with reading the series because of the portrayal of Rome and the epic nature of her works. She is a amazing writer and while I was truly annoyed by many of her characterizations of Caesar, Cicero, et al. I stuck with the series bec ...more
Brook
Aug 07, 2015 Brook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, a surprisingly sad end to the story - perhaps in part because of the destruction wrought by the love affair between Antonius and Cleopatra and the end of the Roman Republic that came with Octavian's victory.

It may be that such a long series will naturally struggle at the end. As usual, McCullough does an excellent job with context and characters, though she is a bit heavy handed with her theory that Octavian fled his camp during the battle of Phillipi because of asthma. I love her rich
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Willie
Great to finally read this after waiting for so long. I listened to the audio book a few years ago so that made reading this quicker. Still has a lot of political maneuvering but in grander scales, and not as much as the previous books. This concentrated solely on the 3 important players: Octavian Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

My only disappointment is the lack of author notes in the end, where Mccullough usually states her reasons for writing a character as such, or why she deviated from t
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Patrícia
Jul 03, 2011 Patrícia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histórico, romance
Definitivamente um grande livro para quem gosta de romances históricos. A beleza de um livro destes é que faz de uma historia antiga uma nova história. Sabemos quase tudo de Cleópatra, a mais famosa rainha do Egipto, de Marco António, o grande derrotado da história de Roma e de Octaviano, perdão, César Augusto, o primeiro homem de Roma, o primeiro imperador de Roma.
O sétimo livro desta saga, desta vez com três protagonistas. Cleópatra, Marco António e Octaviano. A ligação entre os 3 é Júlio Césa
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Debbie
Jan 19, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I've been a huge fan of Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series ever since she published The First Man In Rome way back in 1990, but by the time she got around to writing the sixth (and I assumed final) book, The October Horse, I felt that her storytelling skills were on the wane.

What a surprise and delight then to find this book which continues the wondeful soap opera of Roman history and has Colleen back at her yarn spinning best. Despite the title, this book is really about the rise of Ju
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Suzana Vuksanovic
An amazing, epic book. I started out hating Marc Antony and liking Octavian (his rival Triumvir in Rome, later calling himself 'Caesar Augustus') but by the time the story concluded ended up liking Antonious and hating Octavianus. Well maybe not in such black-and-white terms, because the books attention to character development makes the reader appreciate the motivations, the REASONS behind the characters' actions - and in this Colleen McCullough is a master.
As faulty as Marc Antony - and Cleop
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Juanita Carter
This book took me a long time to get through! I thought it was good except that the author really bogs it all down by including way too many words that a typical modern reader won't grasp. I think she should have made some of the names a little less similar for less confusion as well as left out historical details that are actually NOT RELEVANT to the plot at all. Too many side notes about people who did something great, but had no involvement in the story except that a character passed the plac ...more
Georgiana 1792
Apr 13, 2011 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vorrei essere stata l’aspide che ha dato il mozzico a Cleopatra, ma mooolto prima!
Sì lo so che così è la Storia, ma quanto era insopportabile quella donna?.
Per la verità sono pochissimi i personaggi di questo romanzo che si salvano. Tanto per cominciare avrei voluto saltare a piè pari tutti i capitoli in cui compariva Marco Antonio, un bambino capriccioso che andava sempre da mamma Cleopatra a piagnucolare perché Ottaviano, di ben 11 anni più giovane di lui, gli rubava i giocattoli.
Cleopatra, ch
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Holly Weiss
7th book of the "Masters of Rome" series. McCullough intended to end the series with The October Horse. Despite the title, Cleopatra is less important than the political struggle to control the world between Octavian (Caesar's heir), who claims the east (Rome) and Antony, who rules the west. Caesarean, child of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar figures prominently.

By aligning herself with Mark Antony, Cleopatra hoped to keep Octavian (Julius Caesar's heir and Rome's probable next ruler) from absorbing
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Carolyne
First let me say, I own all the books in this series and excluding "The October Horse" have read the first five several times. And enjoyed them all immensely. I am sure this might be a good book if it might be a stand alone. But unfortunately, it is the last book in a series which, over the course of several books, developed characters I cared deeply. We grow up with Caesar, and with Sulla, Marius, Servillia, Marcus Brutus, Aurelia; We get to know them, even though we first meet them as adults. ...more
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Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

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  • Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3)
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