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Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs of the Second Triumvirate and the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The tragedy is mainly set in Rome and Egypt, and is characterized by swift shifts in geographical location and linguistic register as it alternates between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and a more pragmatic, austere Rome.Many consider Shakespeare's Cleopatra, whom Antony describes as having "infinite variety," as one of the most complex and fully developed female characters in the playwright's body of work. She is frequently vain and histrionic enough to provoke an audience almost to scorn; at the same time, Shakespeare invests her and Antony with tragic grandeur. These contradictory features have led to famously divided critical responses. It is difficult to classify Antony and Cleopatra as belonging to a single genre. It can be described as a history play (though it does not completely adhere to historical accounts), as a tragedy (though not completely in Aristotelian terms), as a comedy, as a romance, and according to some critics, e.g. McCarter, a problem play. All one can say with certainty is that it is a Roman play, even a sequel to another of Shakespeare's tragedies, Julius Caesar.

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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

BY

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Copyright © 2017 by William Shakespeare.

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organiza- tions, places, events and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PERSONS REPRESENTED

ACT I.

SCENE I.

SCENE II.

SCENE III.

SCENE IV.

SCENE V.

ACT II.

SCENE I.

SCENE II.

SCENE III.

SCENE IV.

SCENE V.

SCENE VI.

SCENE VII.

ACT III.

SCENE I.

SCENE II.

SCENE III.

SCENE IV.

SCENE V.

SCENE VI.

SCENE VII.

SCENE VIII.

SCENE IX.

SCENE X.

SCENE XI.

SCENE XII.

SCENE XIII.

ACT IV.

SCENE I.

SCENE II.

SCENE III.

SCENE V.

SCENE VI.

SCENE VII.

SCENE VIII.

SCENE IX.

SCENE X.

SCENE XI.

SCENE XII.

SCENE XIII.

SCENE XIV.

SCENE XV.

ACT V.

SCENE I.

SCENE II.

PERSONS REPRESENTED

M.Antony, Triumvir

Octavius Caesar, Triumvir

M. Aemil. Lepidus, Triumvir

Sextus Pompeius Triumvir

Domitius Enobarbus, Friend To Antony

Ventidius, Friend To Antony

Eros, Friend To Antony

Scarus, Friend To Antony

Dercetas, Friend To Antony

Demetrius, Friend To Antony

Philo, Friend To Antony

Maecenas, Friend To Caesar

Agrippa, Friend To Caesar

Dolabella, Friend To Caesar

Proculeius, Friend To Caesar

Thyreus, Friend To Caesar

Gallus, Friend To Caesar

Menas, Friend To Pompey

Menecrates, Friend To Pompey

Varrius, Friend To Pompey

Taurus, Lieutenant-General To Caesar

Canidius, Lieutenant-General To Antony

Silius, An Officer In Ventidius's Army

Euphronius, An Ambassador From Antony To Caesar

Alexas, Attendant On Cleopatra

Mardian, Attendant On Cleopatra

Seleucus, Attendant On Cleopatra

Diomedes, Attendant On Cleopatra