Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Antony and Cleopatra: A Novel (Masters of Rome) Paperback – December 2, 2008
|New from||Used from|
"Cometh the Hour" by Jeffrey Archer
Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists. Learn more | See author page
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Instead, Colleen McCullough's final epic in her multivolume tale of the end of the Roman Republic takes an entirely new spin on the story. Nor does she forget the rest of the vivid cast that populate the story, from Octavian -- now calling himself Caesar -- and his sister, Octavia, and Mark Antony, Julius Caesar's former friend and now determined to make himself just as great as slain dictator. But there are plenty of minor players as well, and all of them are given a voice in this sprawling novel that travels from Rome to Egypt, the mountains of Armenia and as far as Parthia in the East.
The novel covers from Antony and Cleopatra?s fateful meeting in Ephesus, and goes all the way to the final, fateful end for both of them. While the story is certainly familiar, in McCullough?s capable hands, it takes on entirely new forms. Most of all it?s Octavian that takes center stage, evolving into the man that history considers the first Emperor of Rome, and his friendship with Marcus Agrippa. There?s also his family, namely the two vital women in his life ? Octavia, who might understand Octavian better than anyone, and the very clever Livia Drusilla, who most readers will remember from the 70?s BBC series, I, Claudius.
So begins a war of wills and manipulation by one of the more famous romantic couples in history.Read more ›
The drama of Antony and Cleopatra must be one of the most common historical stories told and there have been many novels and films about this era. One of the recent additions was the visually impressive but historically questionable TV series "Rome". There are a variety of interpretations of the story, some having Octavian as the villain and others Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian in this work is largely the good guy with Antony coming across as a skilled soldier but generally a pretty unimpressive character who is constantly manipulated by a scheming Cleopatra. Cleopatra is also pictured as being slightly naive without a real understanding of the Roman world as she ruthlessly pursues the interests of Caesarion, her son by Julius Caesar. McCullough also takes the view that Cleopatra was physically rather unattractive which is supported by her coin portraits. This view is still unproven but no one, of course, will ever know the complete truth.
There is a lot of detail here and it takes careful work to follow all the characters, relationships and military campaigns. There are plenty of maps though and the usual glossary at the end to help.
Overall a very good historical novel which I highly recommend.
This book should more aptly be titled Antony and Octavian, because what it is really about is the battle for control of Rome between these two strong men. Events start out shortly after the battle of Philippi, as Octavian, Antony and Lepidus form the second triumvirate and divide up the Roman Empire, ostensibly as equals. We are introduced to the historical figures who played a significant part in the lives of Antony and Octavian, including Sextus Pompeius, the outlawed, pirate son of Pompey the Great, and Octavian's second-in-command Agrippa, whose military and engineering genius propelled Octavian to greatness. The women get plenty of time in this novel, particularly Octavia (Octavian's sister) and Livia Drusilla, Octavian's power-hungry wife, in addition to Cleopatra.
The book is at its best when examining the characters of Antony, Octavian and Cleopatra, especially in the early days of their conflict, as Antony travels to his domains in the east and vows to defeat the Parthians, a task Julius Caesar never finished. McCullough presents a compelling account of Antony's disastrous campaign to take Phrapssus, and his subsequent descent into an alcoholic fugue, which only Cleopatra seems able to pull him out of. But shorly after this, however, when Antony takes up residence in the East, the book starts to fall apart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating insight into the times of post-Julius Caesar Rome, showing the intrigues, the policies, the human characters and frailties, the ambitions and failings of the main... Read morePublished 10 days ago by phesselmann
Having read all of the Masters if Rome series plus Ceasar's Commentaries shows that the awesome power of Colleen McCullough's mind is a metaphor for those of Juius Ceasar and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by denny
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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo
Faster paced than the previous books. Like she wanted to finish up the series quickly. Still good thoughPublished 2 months ago by rob kelly