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Antony and Cleopatra has the strangest stage history of any of Shakespeare's major tragedies. Richard Madelaine explains how the play's challenging complexity has at different times inhibited or promoted its success on the stage, and accounts for the remarkable resurgence of performances in the last twenty-five years. The introduction provides the only detailed, extensive ...more
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Published December 15th 1994 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 قلب
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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was performed first circa 1607 at the Blackfriars Theatre or the Globe Theatre by the King's Men. Its first appearance in print was in the Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic. Th
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James
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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
Shelves: 2017, shakespeare, drama
“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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Loretta
Shakespeare at his best...😊.
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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Kahveci
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Sevdiklerinizle vedalaşırken ne söylersiniz? "Güle güle, uğurlar olsun, yolun açık olsun..."

Lepidus, yola çıkacak olan Antonius ve Octavia ile vedalaşırken "Göklerin bütün yıldızları ışık saçsın yoluna" diyor. Daha iyisini ancak başka bir Shakespeare eserinde görürüm muhtemelen. Müthiş şiirsel bir anlatımı var.
MJD
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antony and Cleopatra were interesting characters. It was a fun read.
 عبـد الرَّحْمَٰن   فَتْحــي
لم احبب يوما الأعمال المسرحية ! .لكنني قررت منح نفسي فرصة أخيرة .
كانت تلك هي تجربتي الأولى وربما الأخيرة في هذا العالم الغريب عني ..ربما ساغامر بشوقي ومصرع كليوباترا !
** عودة لشكسبير**
لم يعجبني العمل كثيرا ..وجدت أن الشخصيات كلها هامشية يشوبها الغموض والسخافة ..تقلب في المزاجيات لكل الشخصيات بطريقة غريبة ..
كليوباترا التي لم تحب أحدا غير نفسها المتعجرفة الحمقاء المتهورة الساحرة الهوجاء والقاسية الحنونة. .لا أدري ما أراده ويليام حقيقة !
أنطونيو : العاشق الواهم التائه الضائع ! المحارب النبيل الم
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Teresa
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"António e Cleópatra é uma das mais empolgantes obras de Shakespeare, pois se, pelo lado da arte, há nela que criticar, pela parte afectiva, é surpreendente. O poeta inglês não se cinge a descrever os amores dum par determinado: descreve as vicissitudes por que passam todos os grandes amores quando há interesses que se lhes opõem — luta horrível, essa que o coração, sede do amor, trava com o cérebro, sede do cálculo!"

Esta frase do Prólogo "prometeu-me" uma leitura emocionante. Pois, não foi. Por
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Carlo
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
I read this directly following on from Julius Caesar, expecting more of the same. Imho however the play isn't in the same class. It's lack a certain "omph" and urgency. Even the chemistry between the two protagonists only really gets going, ironically, towards the end.
David
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Zeynep
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boun, drama
i have a special place in my heart for all things vulgar and dramatic. therefore this is my favorite shakespeare play so far.
Alp Turgut
"Julius Caesar"ın devamı niteliğindeki "Antonius ve Kleopatra / Antony and Cleopatra", ünlü Roma generali Mark Anthony'nin Kleopatra'yla olan destansı ve trajik aşk hikayesini okuyucuya sunan Shakespeare'in en başarılı tragedyalarından biri. "Romeo ve Juliet"le saf ve çocuksu aşkı işleyen Shakespeare'in bu oyunla aşkın daha tutkulu ve olgun kıyılarına yelken açtığını söylemek gerek. Bu yüzden oyun yer yer "Romeo ve Juliet"le benzerlik taşısa da karakterleri sebebiyle oldukça özgün Shakespeare ka ...more
Ümit Mutlu
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
David Sarkies
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Shakespeare
Recommended to David by: My English Teacher
Shelves: tragedy
The Final Saga of the Roman Republic
19 May 2012

This is truly a play of epic proportions, taking place in areas from the centre of Rome to her periphery, such as Egypt and the borders of Parthia. It is one of Shakespeare's later works, and the skill in which he brings so much together onto the stage simply goes to show how skillful he was at producing drama. Now, some scholars like to argue that Shakespeare could not have been responsible for so many plays of such high quality, however I persona
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فهد الفهد
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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Roy Lotz
LEPIDUS: What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?

ANTONY: It is shaped, sir, like itself, and is as broad as it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves with its own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth it, and, the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.

LEPIDUS: What color is it?

ANTONY: Of its own color too.

This is Shakespeare’s most exiting play. The many and rapid changes of scene function like the shaky, shifting camera angles in a Jason Bourne movie: both accelerating t
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Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 04, 2010 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
Ali
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
"Elleri ne yaparsa yapsın yüzleri dürüsttür insanların."
Marnie
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Shakespeare. How many times will I return to a review of your work, only to realise I have rated it unfairly?
R.J. Askew
Apr 03, 2012 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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Kay Fair
Sep 25, 2009 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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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
“The breaking of so great a thing should make
A greater crack: the round world
Should have shook lions into civil streets,
And citizens to their dens.”
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