McCullough (The Thorn Birds ; The October Horse) continues her Masters of Rome series with a chronicle of one of history’. 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. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough – A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the #1 bestselling author of The Thorn Birds In this breathtaking follow-up.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the 1 bestselling author of “The Thorn Birds”In this breathtaking follow-up to “The October Horse,” Colleen McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony mcucllough Cleopatra, and in this timeless tale of love, politics, and power, proves once again that she is the best historical novelist of our time.

Caesar is dead, and R A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the 1 bestselling author of “The Thorn Birds”In this breathtaking follow-up to “The October Horse,” Colleen McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and in colleeen timeless tale of love, politics, and power, proves once again that she is the best historical novelist of our time. Caesar is dead, and Rome is, again, divided.

Lepidus has retreated to Africa, while Antony rules the opulent East, and Octavian claims the West, the heart of Rome, as his domain. Though this tense truce holds civil war at bay, Rome seems ripe for an emperor — a true Julian heir to lay claim to Caesar’s legacy.

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With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony seems poised to take the prize. Like a true warrior-king, he is a seasoned general whose lust for power burns alongside a passion for women, feasts, and Chian wine. His rival, Octavian, seems a less convincing candidate: Indeed, the two are well matched only in ambition.

And though politics and war are decidedly the provinces of men in ancient Rome, women are adept at using their wits and charms to gain influence outside their traditional sphere. Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court and her bed but keeps her heart well guarded. A ruler first and a woman second, Cleopatra has but one desire: Octavian, too, has a strong woman by his side: As the plot races toward its inevitable conclusion — with battles on land and sea — conspiracy and murder, love and politics become irrevocably entwined.

McCullough’s knowledge of Roman history is detailed and extensive. Her masterful and meticulously researched narrative is filled with a cast of historical characters whose motives, passions, flaws, and insecurities are vividly imagined and expertly drawn.

The grandeur of ancient Rome comes to life as a timeless human drama plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the Republic’s final days.

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Do I have to read the previous books in the series or can I start with this one? Toni Earling You can read it without reading the other ones. See 1 question about Antony and Cleopatra…. Lists with This Book. So, this was a good book. Well researched, intricate, detailed and vivid There was so much information and history to absorb that there wasn’t an exciting story to capture or follow. I love Ancient Rome, and I love Augustus – so anything centered around this time period appeals to me, but at nearly hundred pages, there was just so much excess information, that while relevant to the time, was just not fun to read.

It ended up reading more like a text book than a no So, this was a good book.

It ended anrony reading more like a text book than a novel, which I am sad to say, but there it is. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, and love in cleopatr, detailed histories anyony this is for you.

If you want a quick, snappy, exciting historical drama – you may, like me, have to skim quite a bit. View all 12 comments. McCullough continues her Masters of Rome series with the seventh and final installment, Antony and Cleopatra. The novel, which was McCullough’s last in the series, focuses mainly on the famous love story between Mark Antony, victor at Philippi, and queen Cleopatra, earlier the lover of Julius Caesar.

Aug 04, Kandice rated it it was amazing Shelves: January – McCullough’s writing slays me because it’s so smart. I feel smarter after devouring one collleen her novels. 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! The uber-romantic ones appealed copleen me whe January – McCullough’s writing slays me because it’s so smart. The uber-romantic ones appealed to me when I was younger of coursebut now that I have “matured” McCullough’s version seems so much more realistic. Antony was a boor.

By all accounts he was handsome, charming and strong, but at the same time, he was a womanizer, drank to excess and suffered feelings of inadequacy. These are the same faults that kept Gaius Julius Caesar from naming him his successor.

This was a blow from which Antony never recovered. Cleopatra, except in the most romantic versions of her life was not a great beauty. Her appeal lay in her intelligence, regality and speaking voice. There is no doubt she was an effective ruler. Caesar helped her develop her leadership skills after securing her throne. I find it believable that they shared a true love. Yes, the relationship was mutually beneficial, but only love would account for the longevity of their time as a couple.

Antony arrives on the scene when she is already firmly ensconced in her reign. Caesar not only paves the way for Cleopatra’s life, but, in essence paved the way to her for Antony. Cleopatra’s wealth was a great way for Antony to further his campaign. He didn’t seek her out for an affair of the heart. She was a woman, he liked women, she needed a “godlike” man to father her children.

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They were infinitely useful to one another. I’m sure they developed real feelings, especially as their children were born, but their’s was cloepatra relationship of convenience. Out of sight, out of mind antny to be their approach to separations. It was perfectly acceptable and utterly realistic. As she always does, McCullough brought Egypt and Rome to life for me. Each place Antony or Octavian visited felt very tangible, real, right here, right now, not centuries past.

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The politics are always the most intriguing aspects of any book on ancient civilization. Here, although the title is Antony and Cleopatra, we learn as much about Octavian’s politics and motivations as theirs. No author will make me hate him less, but McC lets me understand him, at least. It’s hard to read the end of any story about these doomed lovers, but here, it’s told in a tasteful, understandable way. We expect it, yes, but we can also understand it. Not just for the cruel deaths they suffer, but for the political maneuvering that made their deaths inevitable and unavoidable.

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Sep 08, Elaine rated it liked it. 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 jccullough 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 I have been waiting for this book since I finished McCullough’s previous book from this august series no pun intended The October Horse.

I suppose that is part of the author’s gift, but the actual historical events were so exciting I was impatient to see what happened next, even though I knew that these two lovers would die in defeat.

I did love, however, the characters McCullough drew of the three main people of the story: Octavian, Marcus Antonius, and Cleopatra. Their egos,drive for power, and their devious strategies that caused them to be trapped or to triumph were fascinating. I found myself cleopqtra screaming at Cleopatra that if she didn’t back off her precious son would die. Colleeen did she listen to me?

No more than she did to anybody else! So the fated Ceasarion met his inevitable death. And Caesar Augustus, who I’ve never liked, will remain on my shit list for all time. Another excellent book in this extended series, particularly as always insightful as to the motivations, fears and plans of the main characters. 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.

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