Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome Series #7)

Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome Series #7)

by Colleen McCullough
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a history teacher and I love reading the whole series to give me insight about this most important time in Roman history. McCullough makes the past come alive throughout the scope of her series. My only complaint is that only the last couple of books are available for the nook. I am building my nook collection, but until this series is available for it, my collection will have a big hole. Please hurry and put these novels out for the nook soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
SpaSP More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written as only the author can do. It does get a little cumbersome with the roman names and geographical locations. You can overcome this by only remembering one of the many names each Roman has.. If you like this time in history, you will enjoy this. I also found the descriptions of the people very intersting esp. the main characters.. Enjoy
Avid-ReaderNY More than 1 year ago
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.
ChrissyGinger More than 1 year ago
My husband really enjoyed receiving this book as a gift -- he loves this era of history and this author really brings the story to life.
boydtoy More than 1 year ago
Readable, but just.
sbux06 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know anything about the story of Antony and Cleopatra let alone they were a couple. This book gave me alot of insight into their story that'll make anyone remember and enjoy the telling of their tragic love. The author does an exceptional job in her writing style to really make the reader feel like they're right there in the action. The settings, clothes, atmospheres, and people are all described so well that you really understand what life was like in the Roman Empire and Egypt during 40 b.c. However, I did think it was a rather lengthy read that included too many specifics that are easily forgotten as you read along, but altogether it was quite entertaining.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
kpet More than 1 year ago
ANTHONY AND CLEOPARTRA is a great finish to Colleen Mccullough's Masters of Rome series. It covers the last epic battles that led to the time of Augustus. Well-written and reseatched, it is also a great read. Like all the novels is the series, it can stand alone. The author does not take sides in the novel, so the reader can draw their own conclusions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
HistoryHag More than 1 year ago
I know that Cleopatra, while known by name, is not a highly documented person so a lot of literary interpretations need to be made. I just didn't like the author's view. The book was a very slow read. I needed to consult the vocabulary in the back often to look up the meanings of the latin words. I prefer the love story of Antony and Cleopatra... this just wasn't it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Today3 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next page. The author makes the characters come alive.There is so much detail about every character. Anthony and Cleopatra come alive. There is so much detail about every situation. I am looking for another book this author has written. FIVE STAR READING.
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BibliophileVA More than 1 year ago
All of Ms McCullough's fans will want to read this one and will not be disappointed. Her research of events of the period and her attention to detail is incredible.
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Cyrano More than 1 year ago
My one regret about finishing this book was the realization that it was the last of a wonderful, stupendous series of historical novels; and it is unlikely that there will be any continuation. Colleen McCullough is unbeatable in this style and substance of books. I shall miss ancient Rome.
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