Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome #7)
A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the #1 bestselling author of The Thorn Birds
In this breathtaking follow-up to The October Horse, Colleen McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and in this timeless tale of love, politics, and power, proves once again that she is the best historical novelist of our time.
Caesar is dead, and Ro...more
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...more
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...more
O sétimo livro desta saga, desta vez com três protagonistas. Cleópatra, Marco António e Octaviano. A ligação entre os 3 é Júlio Césa...more
Brief recap: The October Horse ends with Julius Caesar assassinated and many of the conspirators dead, including Brutus and Cassius....more
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...more
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...more
By aligning herself with Mark Antony, Cleopatra hoped to keep Octavian (Julius Caesar's heir and Rome's probable next ruler) from absorbing...more
Caesar's death, and the military defeat of his assassins, gives rise to another triumvirate. Lepidus goes to Africa, Antony rules the East, and Octavian controls the West, including the City of Rome. This arrangement temporarily prevents a civil war. Most of Rome seems to want a true heir to Caesar. Antony, angry that Caesar named Octavian as his heir,...more
I was also looking forward to the author's note at th...more
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.
As faulty as Marc Antony - and Cleop...more
I love the story of A&C and have read many versions. The uber-romantic ones appealed to me when I was younger (of course), but now that I have "matured" McCullough's version seems so much more realistic. Antony was a boor. By all accounts he was handsome, charming and strong, but...more
There are nice little historical cameos by Herod, and other minor kings, which are fun, but all too short.
Worth reading to finish out the series, but I wouldn't suggest it as a standalone.
I'm not overly sure about her depictions of both Anthony and Cleopatra, they seem rather iffy and more suited to the front page of some magazine you pick up in the grocery store. Fortunately, despite the title, most of the book is taken up with Octavian and his political dance against Anthony. It was a thoroughly enj...more
She grew up during World War II. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead,...more