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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra [Kindle Edition]

Colleen McCullough
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Praise for ‘Antony and Cleopatra’:

‘An irresistible read’
Daily Mail

‘Full of passion, greed, intrigue and betrayal…a thoroughly entertaining read’
Glasgow Herald

Praise for Colleen McCullough:

‘Fast-moving and immensely readable…this book is a page turner from start to finish’ Maeve Binchy

'McCullough piles on the drama' Daily Mail

'Sizzling family drama stuffed with passion, tragedy, love and sex' More

'Absorbing’ Sunday Telegraph

'Compelling, passionate and gritty' She

'Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel' Good Book Guide

'Deliciously addictive…a classic tale of wealth and power–an engrossing read' Sainsbury's magazine

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Passion, politics, love and death combine in a novel of the legendary love triangle between the three leaders of the Roman era: Cleopatra, Mark Antony and Octavian, from the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds.

Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expected that he would be Julius Caesar's successor. But after Caesar's murder it was his 18-year old nephew, Octavian, who was named in the will. No-one, least of all Antony, expected him to last but his youth and slight frame concealed a remarkable determination and a clear strategic sense.

Antony was the leader of the fabulously rich East. Barely into his campaigning, he met Cleopatra, Pharaoh of Egypt. Bereft by the loss of Julius Caesar, her lover, father of her only son, she saw Antony as another Roman who could support her and provide more heirs. His fascination for her, his sense that she knew the way forward where he had lost his, led to the beginning of their passionate, and very public affair. The two men, twin rulers of Rome, might have found a way to live with each other but not with Cleopatra between them.

This is a truly epic story of power and scandal, battle and passion, political spin and inexorable fate with a rich historical background and a remarkable cast of characters, all brought brilliantly to life by Colleen McCullough. It is hard to leave the world she has created.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1243 KB
  • Print Length: 609 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007225792
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9PBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Nov 2008
Having read and then re-read the "First Man in Rome" series I was delighted to find that Colleen McCullough had written one final volume - "Anthony and Cleopatra." Having been delighted and thrilled by the others in the series I had no doubt before I'd even turned a page that it would be marvelous. I was, of course, completely correct. This final book in the series is as fresh, well-written and mind-blowingly good as all the rest. My reaction when I'd finished the book was the same as the reaction I had on finishing "The October Horse" - I was bereft. No author in this genre has the depth of knowledge or the sheer story-telling ability of Colleen McCullough - she is one of a kind, almost a genre in her own right. I have two messages for the author, if she ever reads this review - 1)I can't help but hope that there is at least one more book to come, if not several and 2) One of the previous reviewers states that it prompted him the read Suetonius and Tacitus, job done Ms.McCullough.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end? 8 Aug 2008
Having bought the whole set of the Masters of Rome, sadly this seems to be the final volume ! There really is no need to write a synopsis of the book I think we all know the story of Anthony and Cleopatra a la Hollywood! and Hollywood this ain't !
This was a very good read, taking up the story from the murder of Caeser, to Mark Antony's fury at not getting his hands on the legacy of Caeser..power and money. Sadly it didn't make me like or love the charactor of Mark Antony any more than I did before.
Though maybe it definitely did shed a more light on the charactor of Octavius, of whom, I really can't make up my mind whether I love or hate him!
If you read this book you will find that C.McC. has debunked many of the so called accounts of Antony and Cleopatra, altogether making a different slant than many books of fiction on the subject, and I believe a more believable account.
I really do recomend most highly this book, I just feel gutted that is most likely the very last on the Republic. As Octavius changed his name to..Augustus the first Emperor of Rome.
(If you want more, but real gossip try Tacitus and Suetonius and Plutarch..this series got me reading them.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the most successful of a wonderful series 20 Feb 2010
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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 slight tendency to descending at times into something close to soap opera but she balances that with a detailed political narrative that takes us into the senate, the private meetings and the public meetings where Roman politics actually happened.

Sadly this book, the last of the series, is less successful than the other books. Partly I think this is due to the familiarity of the story: while McCullough, as always, is faithful to the sources (Plutarch, Cicero's anti-Antony Philippics etc.) this is still a story very familiar to people interested in ancient history through the works of people like Ronald Symes, Karl Galinsky et al. as well as more popular historians. Plus, of course, we cannot ignore the re-tellings of Shakespeare (who himself lifted great chunks from North's translation of Plutarch e.g. `the barge she sat in' speech) and other fiction-writers.

The other reason why I found this less satisfying than the earlier books is that McCullough seems so in love with Julius Caesar that the books after his death tend to flag a little. Here she tries to build up Augustus as a replacement and spends a lot of time telling us how beautiful he is with his silvery-gilt hair etc which I found very off-putting and unnecessarily chick-lit-ish. I have to confess I'm not a fan of Augustus anyway and think he was a far astuter (and unpleasant) politician than she allows for and also someone who I've never found an attractive personality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great finish to a great series 3 Oct 2011
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Great finish to a great series, you could probably read this on its won, but you would be better off reading all the earlier books before you start and then finish with an ASP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for McCullough funs 3 Jan 2010
Those who know the Rome series of McCullough will not be disappointed at all. Again the author took the historical events and the main characters of the period and mixed it with fiction. The result is a story where you get an insight into the main characters' personality. The storyline is sometime too detailed but as I said, this is fully in line with McCullough style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 31 Mar 2009
Wonderful stuff, a return to form after the slight dip I perceived in The October Horse (though that may have been false expectations due to the long gap since Caesar). The author is clearly pro-Octavian and I share her view that Octavian's triumph was by far the better outcome for the Roman Empire at that point, in terms of bringing about peace after decades of civil war. Caesarion emerges as a strong character here and his death at Octavian's hands is poignant and macabrely logical. Antonius comes off poorly here and is only superficially the hero of romantic legend, while Cleopatra's ambitions for Egypt are as great as Octavian's for Rome. Great stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad Its Over.
Always enjoyed McCullough's Roman series. However, I'm glad it has finished now. I got a bit bored after the assassination of Caesar!! I never liked Augustus much!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
i found this book to be an enjoyable read, a fitting end to (Master of Rome) series. however you don't have to read the series to enjoy the book, but same can be said for all off... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kuzlak
3.0 out of 5 stars For me, the least enjoyable of the seven.
The books in the 'masters of Rome' series have been fantastic. over the years I've read them several times and (because of the sheer bulk of content, combined with my poor memory)... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars The End
And the series comes to an end. Monumental, a cast of thousands, from Rome to Pontus, Spain to Parthia. A history of the Roman world from 110bc till 27bc. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by AdNoctum
1.0 out of 5 stars I dislike this book
I really tried with this but half way through i have ceased to care. Frankly, its dull. The author does not seem to like Cleopatra and from what i have read so far seems to be... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by BermondseyStu
2.0 out of 5 stars The weakest in the series
I read McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series as the boks came out and loved it. It was definitely well researched even though I did not always agree with the author's choices (a... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by G. Neto
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, takes a bit to get into
I've just finished Conn Igguldens Emperor series and desperately wanted to continue the saga so I chose Colleen McCulloughs Antony and Cleopatra as a continuation. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2008 by J. Sheridan-ross
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