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For this new edition, the text of the play, the notes, and the introductory matter have all been revised so as to make them clearer and more accessible. In addition, the entire text of the book has been redesigned and reset to make it easier to read. The illustrations have been completely redrawn, photographs of recent stage production have been included and there is a new ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published December 12th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1606)
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Bill  Kerwin

This play is so good, it is not merely a masterpiece: it is a mystery. The two protagonists are alternately noble and petty, wise and foolish, and yet they 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
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Nayra.Hassan
ا"لقد خدعتني هذه المصرية الحمقاء"ا
هكذا هتف انطونيو بعد ان باعته كيلوبترا في عز المعركة
سبع ملكات حملن اسم كيلوبترا في مصر و لكن تظل اخرهن اشهرهن. .بفضل شكسبير..
فقد منحها طابع عملي عنيف ..تحمل الكثير من قوة الشخصية الذكورية و ايجابيتها

بينما منح انطونيو المسكين ..دور العاشق الرومانسي
ا"امنحيني قبلة..و هذا سيفى بكل شيء"ا
معظم تصرفاته خرجت من هذا المنطلق العاطفي ..الذي ينتهي دائما في داهية ما

و لكن يظل الكبرياء هو مفتاح شخصية كيلوبترا
حاربت ..انتصرت..انهزمت ..و رحلت🐍 بشروطها و
كان عرشها دائما فوق
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Henry Avila
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Antony the Roman general , right- hand man of the great Caesar, a shadow to be sure of the most famous ruler of Rome, and his unsurpassed conquests in the history of the Empire , yet he , Antony , had ability, just not enough to overcome his weaknesses. Excessive drinking and chasing beautiful women and ignoring his duty, a bit coarse in truth. The fatal meeting with Queen Cleopatra v11, Greek in blood, little of it Egyptian, in what is now modern Turkey, she dazzled him floating down a riv ...more
Dolors
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of sagacity and good literature
Recommended to Dolors by: John Willliams
Shakespeare does it again.
He mingles the historical with the imaginary, the public with the private, the tragedy with the theatrical to infuse life into one the most popular couples in ancient Rome; the star-crossed lovers Anthony and Cleopatra. Love and war were never more indistinguishably fused.
The fact that the Bard brings forth his masterful descriptive skills almost avoiding the use of the soliloquy, his trump car and most employed device to create poignant psychological portraits, makes t
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James
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 out of 5 stars to Antony and Cleopatra, a play published in 1606 by William Shakespeare.This is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, partially for some of the reality on which it is based. Some know the full story, others know bits and pieces. Cleopatra, famous in her own right, is the Queen of Egypt. Caeser is conquering the world. Antony rules Rome for a while. The love affair between these three, plus a former wife and the sister, Octavia, create such a beautiful and tragi
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Bradley
I wish you all the joys of the worm.

You know, for the longest time, I had placed this of all of Shakespeare's plays among the highest in my estimation, for where else could I have so many references to melting or even have an early punk band write a song about it? (Melt, Siouxsie and the Banshees)

Indeed, Let Rome in Tiber melt! I really enjoyed the triumvirate of powers, the play on politics and the whole chaos of such an equal footing between Ceasar, Antony, and Cleopatra. Can we blame the woma
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Barry Pierce
Mark Antony is a real pain in the asp.
Darwin8u
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me”
― William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

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A great Shakespeare play, but one (for me) that is still overpowered by Shakespeare's earlier tragedies. The story is based on Plutarch's Lives (North's translation). The weight and strength of this play is, obviously, going to center on Cleopatra and Antony. They are fascinating as a couple (literary and political binaries) and Cleopatra is amazingly, spectacularly, flushed-out by Shake
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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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Joudy
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dotage of our general's
Overflows the measure: those his goodly eyes
That o'er the files and musters of the war
Have glowed like plated Mars, now bend, now turn
the office and devotion of their view
Upon a tawny front. His captain's heart,
Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst
And is become the bellows and the fan
To cool a gipsy's lust.


Shakespeare used Plutarch's Parallel of the Greeks and Romans as a source for his play,the play is the thing wherein to catch the conscience of the king
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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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