Antony and Cleopatra



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Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was probably performed first in about 1607 at Blackfriars Theatre or the Globe Theatre by the King's Men. Its first known appearance in print was in the First Folio of 1623. 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 triumviri of the Second Triumvirate and the future first emperor of the Roman Empire. The tragedy is set in Rome and Egypt, characterized by swift, panoramic shifts in geographical locations and in registers, alternating between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and the more pragmatic, austere Rome.

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AgrippaAgrippa (hist), a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, proposes that the widowed Antony should marry Octavia.
AlexasAlexas is a follower of Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra.
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AntonyMark Antony (hist) (Often just Antony, and sometimes Marcus Antonius) turns the mob against Caesar's killers and becomes a Triumvir in Julius Caesar. His romance with Cleopatra drives the action of Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant (1)
Attendants
CanidiusCanidius (hist) is a follower of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.
Captain (1)A Captain in Antony's army is a minor speaking role in Antony and Cleopatra.
CharmianCharmian (hist) is the main attendant to Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and dies by snakebite.
CleopatraCleopatra (hist) is the lover of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. She commits suicide using a poisonous asp.
Clown (3)The Clown delivers a poisonous asp to Cleopatra in a basket of figs, in Antony and Cleopatra.
Demetrius (2)Demetrius and Philo, Romans following Antony, regret his infatuation with Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.
DercetasDercetus (hist) is a follower of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. He informs Caesar of Antony's death.
Diomedes (1)Diomedes is a follower of Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. He informs Antony that Cleopatra is alive, and informs Cleopatra that Antony is dying.
DolabellaDolabella (hist) is a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra. He tells Cleopatra that Caesar intends to lead her, in triumph, through Rome.
Domitius EnobarusEnobarbus (hist) is a major character in Antony and Cleopatra: a follower of Antony who later abandons him to join Caesar.
Egyptian
ErosEros is a follower of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, who kills himself rather than obey Antony's order to kill him.
EuphroniusEuphronius, Ambassador from Antony to Caesar.
First Attendant
First GuardSeveral Guards (two of them minor speaking roles), together with Dercetus, discover the mortally wounded Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.
First Servant (1)In Antony and Cleopatra: A servant of Antony reports that Thidias has been soundly whipped. A servant informs Cleopatra of the approach of a messenger from Caesar. "Two or three" servants, two of them speaking roles, lay out a banquet for Pompey and the Triumvirs. "Three or four" servants speak the unison line "The gods forbid!".
First Soldier (2)Several Soldiers have minor speaking roles in Antony and Cleopatra, including: a soldier who discusses the progress of the war with Canidius; four soldiers who hear the strange sound of hautboys beneath the stage; a soldier who acts as a messenger to Antony; a group of Antony's soldiers who share the unison line "Good morrow, General!"; one of Antony's soldiers who informs his leader that Enobarbus has deserted to follow Caesar; and one of Caesar's soldiers who informs Enobarbus that Antony has sent Enobarbus his treasure.
Fourth SoldierSeveral Soldiers have minor speaking roles in Antony and Cleopatra, including: a soldier who discusses the progress of the war with Canidius; four soldiers who hear the strange sound of hautboys beneath the stage; a soldier who acts as a messenger to Antony; a group of Antony's soldiers who share the unison line "Good morrow, General!"; one of Antony's soldiers who informs his leader that Enobarbus has deserted to follow Caesar; and one of Caesar's soldiers who informs Enobarbus that Antony has sent Enobarbus his treasure.
GallusGallus (hist) is a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra.
GuardSeveral Guards (two of them minor speaking roles), together with Dercetus, discover the mortally wounded Antony in Antony and Cleopatra
IrasIras is an attendant on Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra. She dies following a kiss from Cleopatra.
LepidusMarcus Aemilius Lepidus (hist) is one of the Triumvirs, the three rulers of Rome after Caesar's death, in Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
MardianMardian is a eunuch attending on Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.
MecaenasMaecenas (hist) is a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra.
MenasMenas (hist) a follower of Pompey, suggests cutting loose the boat where the Triumvirs are feasting, in Antony and Cleopatra.
MenecratesMenecrates (hist) is a follower of Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra.
Messenger (1)Numerous messengers appear in Antony and Cleopatra: A messenger brings "News, my good lord, from Rome" in the opening scene. Antony refuses to hear him. Three messengers bring news to Antony of various military defeats, and of Fulvia's death. Two messengers bring news to Caesar of Pompey's (and his allies') naval preparations. One messenger is a mid-sized role: the unfortunate carrier of the message to Cleopatra that Antony has married Octavia, and who later reports (unflatteringly) on Octavia's looks and bearing. A messenger brings Antony news that Caesar has taken Toryne. A messenger summons Canidius to Antony. A messenger informs Caesar that Antony is come into the field.
OctaviaOctavia (hist), sister of Octavius, marries Mark Antony when he is widowed in Antony and Cleopatra. Their marriage causes great distress to Antony's lover, Cleopatra.
OctaviusOctavius Caesar (hist) is one of the Triumvirs, the three rulers of Rome after Caesar's death, in Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
Philo
Pompey (1)Pompey or Sextus Pompeius (hist) is the enemy of the Triumvirate in Antony and Cleopatra.
ProculeiusProculeius (hist) is a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra. It appears Antony has told Cleopatra to "trust him".
ScarusScarus (hist?) is a follower of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. He reports Antony's retreat to Enobarbus.
Second Attendant
Second GuardSeveral Guards (two of them minor speaking roles), together with Dercetus, discover the mortally wounded Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.
Second Messenger (1)
Second Servant (5)A servant of Antony reports that Thidias has been soundly whipped. A servant informs Cleopatra of the approach of a messenger from Caesar. "Two or three" servants, two of them speaking roles, lay out a banquet for Pompey and the Triumvirs. "Three or four" servants speak the unison line "The gods forbid!".
Second Soldier (2)Several Soldiers have minor speaking roles in Antony and Cleopatra, including: a soldier who discusses the progress of the war with Canidius; four soldiers who hear the strange sound of hautboys beneath the stage; a soldier who acts as a messenger to Antony; a group of Antony's soldiers who share the unison line "Good morrow, General!"; one of Antony's soldiers who informs his leader that Enobarbus has deserted to follow Caesar; and one of Caesar's soldiers who informs Enobarbus that Antony has sent Enobarbus his treasure.
SeleucusSeleucus is Cleopatra's treasurer, in Antony and Cleopatra.
SiliusSilius is a follower of Antony, in Antony and Cleopatra.
Soldier (1)Several Soldiers have minor speaking roles in Antony and Cleopatra, including:a soldier who discusses the progress of the war with Canidius;four soldiers who hear the strange sound of hautboys beneath the stage;a soldier who acts as a messenger to Antony;a group of Antony's soldiers who share the unison line "Good morrow, General!"; one of Antony's soldiers who informs his leader that Enobarbus has deserted to follow Caesar; and one of Caesar's soldiers who informs Enobarbus that Antony has sent Enobarbus his treasure
Soothsayer (1)A Soothsayer makes a number of predictions, all of which come true in their own way, in Antony and Cleopatra.
TaurusTaurus (hist) is a follower of Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra.
Third GuardSeveral Guards (two of them minor speaking roles), together with Dercetus, discover the mortally wounded Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.


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