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THE TRAGEDY OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA|William Shakespeare.|Free download|PDF EPUB|FreeditorialCreated by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Queen of the Nile. Although she was the queen of Egypt and lived there, Cleopatra actually descended from a family line of Macedonian Greeks, who came to power in Egypt following the death of Alexander the Great who had conquered Egypt, among many other places. Which guides should we add? Request one!
THE TRAGEDY OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
After defeating Brutus and Cassius, following the assassination of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, and is responsible for the eastern part of the empire. They make peace with Pompey. Cleopatra goes to her tomb and sends a message to Antony that she is dead. Antony is devastated and decides to kill himself. He botches the suicide and wounds himself without dying. Having lost Antony and being at the mercy of Caesar, she resolves to commit suicide.
O, that I knew this husband, which, you say, must charge his horns with garlands! Soothsayer Your will? Is't you, sir, that know things? Soothsayer In nature's infinite book of secrecy A little I can read. LEPIDUS I must not think there are Evils enow to darken all his goodness: His faults in him seem as the spots of heaven, More fiery by night's blackness; hereditary, Rather than purchased; what he cannot change, Than what he chooses. Let us grant, it is not Amiss to tumble on the bed of Ptolemy; To give a kingdom for a mirth; to sit And keep the turn of tippling with a slave; To reel the streets at noon, and stand the buffet With knaves that smell of sweat: say this becomes him,-- As his composure must be rare indeed Whom these things cannot blemish,--yet must Antony No way excuse his soils, when we do bear So great weight in his lightness. If he fill'd His vacancy with his voluptuousness, Full surfeits, and the dryness of his bones, Call on him for't: but to confound such time, That drums him from his sport, and speaks as loud As his own state and ours,--'tis to be chid As we rate boys, who, being mature in knowledge, Pawn their experience to their present pleasure, And so rebel to judgment.
Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure. Those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front.
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Antony is captivated by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Gossip and scandal leads to plots of murder and battles. While in Alexandria however, the ageing Antony has become captivated by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and mother to Julius Caesar's illegitimate son, Caesarion. The gossip and scandal this is creating both amongst Romans in Alexandria and at home in Rome gives rise to dissention between Octavius and Antony, whose behaviour is felt to be debauched and 'un-Roman'. At the same time as the power of the triumvirate is being challenged by a dissatisfied senator, Pompey, Antony hears news from Rome that his wife, Fulvia, is dead.