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Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome #7)

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Antony and Cleopatra: A Novel (Masters of Rome)
Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 04, 2008 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #7), Colleen McCullough (1937)
عنوان: کلئوپاترا و آنتونی؛ اثر: کالین مک کالو؛ ترجمه: هادی عادلپور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سمیر، 1392، در 527 ص، شابک: 9789642201068؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان استرالیایی، قرن 20 م
Sep 08, 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
Tom Landry
Feb 11, 2011 Tom Landry rated it liked it
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
Sep 30, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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.
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
May 12, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
May 28, 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
-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
Judith Geary
Jun 24, 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.
Jun 01, 2017 Angigames rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Io adoro la McCullough, ma stavolta no. Stavolta io suoi personaggi sono piatti, pesanti, quasi stanchi.
Il libro non è affatto dinamico, la storia si arena e per finirlo ho fatto una fatica enorme...
Anche i migliori tappano, quanche volta!
Justin Neville
Jun 15, 2012 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
Jul 25, 2011 Manu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Nov 10, 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
May 22, 2016 Willie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Jim Swike
Interesting historical novel, if you have hear of both them or either them, it brings them to life. Slow in spots but keeps your interest, throughout. Enjoy!
Jul 20, 2017 Dody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wish Audible would make the rest of this series in unabridged form available. I loved this and really want to listen to all of them! I am reading First Man in Rome right now. It is also excellent!
Maria R
May 18, 2017 Maria R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 21, 2017 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very engaging and engrossing!
Jan 27, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh book in the Founders of Rome series is as juicily entertaining as ever, although (much like the second season of HBO's "Rome") it occasionally feels like McCullough's writing on fast-forward, covering major events in a few gossipy but abrupt paragraphs. This has the advantage of packing events in and moving the narrative along nicely, and the disadvantage of depriving the characters of what could have been a much greater degree of complexity. No doubt part of the problem lies in the ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm halfway through the audio book, which is well dramatized though sometimes its hard to tell which character is speaking. Having been fascinated with Antony and Cleopatra from the HBO Rome series, I thought to read this book first. While the level of historical detail is amazing, it sometimes interferes with the storyline, which is more about Antony and Octavius than Antony and Cleopatra as other readers have noted.

And at times, the background of each new character is stated in such detail, th
Roman Clodia
McCullough's Masters of Rome series is, in my view, the most successful evocation of ancient Rome in fiction - far better than the light Lindsey Davis books or the Robert Harris volumes which are far more concerned with throwing a light on contemporary politics than recreating an ancient, and sometimes alien, culture. McCullough admittedly has a tendency to descend at times into something close to soap opera but she balances that with a detailed political narrative that takes us into the senate, ...more
Georgiana 1792
Nov 30, 2010 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
Gregg Wingo
Dec 13, 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
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Colleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.

Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent aller
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Other Books in the Series

Masters of Rome (7 books)
  • The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
  • The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2)
  • Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3)
  • Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome, #4)
  • Caesar (Masters of Rome, #5)
  • The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #6)

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