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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be ...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published April 8th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1606)
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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
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
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
Kay Fair
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
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
Rowland Bismark
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
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

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
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."


"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
Ben Dutton
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

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
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.
Katy Kennedy
Bueno, le iba a poner una estrella porque la verdad que Antonio y Cleopatra, los dos juntitos, me sacaban los sesos uno por uno. No me bancaba a ninguno. Pero al final se llevó dos estrellas porque sus muertes recompensaron lo mal que me cayeron (sí, sí, tan así) (no creo que el hecho de que se mueran sea un spoiler, el o los personajes que aparecen en los títulos de las tragedias de Shakespeare siempre mueren) (para el que no lo sabía, lamento haber dicho que Papá Noel no existía) (muchos parén ...more
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
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
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
Jim Coughenour
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
I really enjoyed this play, and I thought cleopatra was such an interesting character. I had such an beautiful ending!
Amaney Aba zeed
the best play you can read for the brilliant shakespeare
it's my fav from boquet of wonderfull plays.
If there were any more sexual references it would be recommended for people who enjoyed Fifty Shades.
Clif Hostetler
Rulers fall in love. Rulers lose. Rulers commit suicide. That's the simplified synopses which I admit that I borrowed from There's an obvious parallel with Romeo and Juliet, but Antony and Cleopatra were old enough to know better. But I guess love is love, and what does age have to do with it?

I read Antony and Cleopatra because it was this year's Shakespeare selection by the Great Books KC group I belong to. This book contains lots of history and geography, and I like that sort of
Loved this one. Fascinated by Cleopatra's ability to lead and wrap Antony around her little finger... How cool to add William Shakespeare to a chain championing the cause of women! And I love thinking about Cleopatra’s end in this light—that despite all of her flaws, she gets a final say on being female.

And now some grad school thoughts on being a king...
How could James I have wanted to see himself in the Augustus Caesar of Antony and Cleopatra? I admit to being an Antony fan, but Caesar squeez


Cleopatra is every bit the grand, Olympian but human character on par with Lear, Othello, Richard III, and the melancholy Dane...

I want to write more about this play (with quotes! with quotes!) but I'm lacking in time at the moment...

...Still lacking the time and inclination to hold forth in grand style on this one.

But I can't resist pointing out that the adaptation the commentary praises the most is the one directed by Trevor Nunn, which was filmed in 1972 or something and is av
Cleopatra had the misfortune to embody three things that Romans needed, feared and disdained: women, Greeks and an Orient whose culture was far, far older than theirs. Before she was dead, Roman enemies had turned her into a monster of voluptuous cunning, and posterity has followed suit. Shakespeare struggled to improve on Plutarch his main source while Hollywood (as always) tried to improve on Shakespeare. Each generation has gotten the Cleopatra it wanted.

And Elizabethan England got the Marc A
Like with all Shakespeare plays, you must red and re-read this to capture the abundance of meaning and insight into love and public image. It goes more into the nature of romantic love and attraction than Romeo & Juliet and thus probes deep into our famous and not-so-popular relationships amidst the upheavals of our times.
I didn't like Antony and Cleopatra very much at the beginning -- but then, it always seems to take about an act for me to get into the swing of a Shakespeare play. It helps with Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra that I'm familiar with the history it's based on. It took me a while to warm to the characters of Antony and Cleopatra, though, but for all that there's something very human about the way Cleopatra reacts to Antony -- now this, now that -- and how he responds to her.

There are, of co
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
This tale is the tragedy of Mark Antony, centering around his involvements with Octavian Caesar on one hand, and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra on the other. The Roman world was his old hunting ground of soldierly glory and warrior honor, while the Egyptian realm his new nest of sensual pleasure and enchanted love affair. Antony’s tragedy lies in the unbridgeable gap of these two worlds on his soul. In his case, Platonic Allegory of Charioteer did not end well. Antony’s Reason could not control his pa ...more
So this is like Romeo and Juliet in that they end up dead, but not like Romeo and Juliet in that there isn't any good fighting, or secret plans that go awry or feuding families or even a fun, bawdy nurse. It took a very long time for me to read to the end. Luckily, the play as performed is a bit more entertaining. But overall it is a Romeo and Juliet as played by boring politicians.
Huda Aweys
من أهم الأعمال الملحمية لشكسبير ...
اننا عندما نتحدث عن حب إمرأة و كرهها ومطامعها و نزواتها و رغباتها نسمي ذلك عواطف قلب !، و عندما نتحدث عن حب دولة و عداوتها و مطامعها و نزواتها و رغباتها نسمي ذلك سياسة ! .. يبدو أن كليوباترا مزجت بين الإثنين ، و اختلط عليها الأمر ، و علينا ايضا نحن المؤرخين ..

إقتباس من مسرحية (لعبة الموت) لتوفيق الحكيم
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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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