Antony and Cleopatra
"Antony and Cleopatra" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was performed first circa 1607 at the Blackfriars Theatre or the Globe Theatre by the King"s Men.
Its first appearance in print was in the 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 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.
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world"s pre-eminent dramatist.
Scene II. Alexandria. A room in the monument.
Enter Cleopatra, Charmian, and Iras
My desolation does begin to make
A better life. ’Tis paltry to be Caesar;
Not being Fortune, he’s but Fortune’s knave,
A minister of her will: and it is great
To do that thing that ends all other deeds;
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