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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    McCullough scores yet again!

    Colleen McCullough provides another masterpiece in her "Great Men of Rome" series. Who will succeed Julius Caesar? We know the historical answer but McCullough pulls us along with vivid characters, dramatic detail, and attention to history. Octavian is shown as miles ahead of Antony in his scheming and planning while Antony falls hopelessly captive to the Egyptian Queen. What always amazes the reader in McCullough's fictional histories is how interesting the small but critical political details can actually be in a well known story. To get a real feel for the age of Rome and just to escape for awhile in a really good read, pick up McCullough's "Anthony and Cleopatra."

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    Loved it!

    Although it does not portray Antony and Cleopatra's love they way I imagined it, I was able to see their strengths and weaknesses. I learned much about Rome, Egypt and even the other historical figures I previously knew nothing about. The author writes extremely well, I actually felt as if I was there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

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    I really enjoyed this book. Though their story is timeless the author's detailed description of the characters and vast knowledge of Roman history brought them back to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    an awesome book

    this book is an awesome story about Cleopatra and her life. its one of the bests!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    this is a fabulous Masters of Rome entry

    Following the death of Julius Caesar in 41 BC, Rome is divided as to who rightfully should rule. Caesar¿s ambitious cousin Mark Antony and the late ruler¿s adopted son Octavian reach an agreement to divide the vast Empire. Whereas their only rival Lepidus flees to Africa, Antony takes charge of the East while Octavian rules the West. Neither of the two remaining partners from the triumvirate is pleased as both believe they should be the new Caesar.--------------- Antony shows little understanding of financing an army when he over extends his force in a failed war to suppress the rebellious Parthians. Needing a fast replenishment of his treasury before his rival learns of his weakness, Antony travels to Egypt to demand wealthy Queen Cleopatra provide reparations or else. Cleopatra has an agenda of her own to replace Antony and ultimately Octavian with Caesarion, the son she had with Julius when he came courting. To succeed she must make Antony her sex slave, which she easily achieves. Meanwhile Marcus Agrippa and Octavian¿s wife coax the co-ruler that the time is right for him to take over the entire Roman Empire. Cleopatra coaxes her pudding head lover to lead his forces against that of Octavian.------------------ Although the history is well known, this is a fabulous Masters of Rome entry as the key players especially the title characters come alive. Readers will appreciate Cleopatra¿s seduction that turns Antony into her willing sex salve doing her bidding and likewise Octavian¿s strong wife Livia pushing him to become the Emperor. Fans will enjoy Colleen McCullough¿s historical saga as two strong females propel their weaker minded mates to battle on an Ancient Mediterranean stage.------------- Harriet Klausner

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