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  Antony and Cleopatra
Cleopatra and her supporters made much use of prophecies in an attempt to convince the superstitious population of Egypt and of the Roman East that a new age would dawn under the rule of Cleopatra Isis-Venus and Antony Dionysus-Osiris.
In exchange for providing Antony with funds and material, Cleopatra demanded (and was granted) the execution of her sister Arsinoe, the pretender Ptolemy VIV and of the admiral Sarapion, all of whom threatened both her own crown and the throne she hoped to pass to her children.
Cleopatra and Antony’s youngest child, Ptolemy Philadelphos, often portrayed in Macedonian garb, was awarded Syria, Cilicia and the area between the Euphrates and the Hellespont.
www.roman-empire.net /articles/article-028.html   (5070 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra
When he summoned Cleopatra VII of Egypt, she sailed up the river Cydnus aboard a luxurious barge, on which she lay dressed like the goddess of love; the rumour spread that Venus was come to feast with Bacchus, for the common good of Asia.
Shakespeare reduces Cleopatra's share of guilt in the fatal battle of Actium: in Plutarch she persuades Antony to fight at sea against his better judgement; in the play it is Antony who decides to fight at sea*.
Like Elizabeth I, Cleopatra VII was a powerful ruler in her own right; it is a measure of Shakespeare's independence from his source that he created her as a woman of great strength as well as of fascination*.
ise.uvic.ca /Library/SLT/history/antonyandcleo.html   (769 words)

  
 Antony, Octavian, Cleopatra
Antony finally departed for his Parthian campaign, but en route he met Cleopatra in Syria, and she presented him with the twins she had borne him after he left for Brundisium; he acknowledged the children, naming the boy Alexander Helios and the girl Cleopatra Selene.
Antony made the “Donations of Alexandria,”; giving away many territories of the Roman East to Cleopatra and her children, declaring Caesarion Caesar's legal heir, and formally divorcing Octavia, sending an official notice to Rome that she and his children were to leave his house.
Octavian's general was the shrewd Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, and Antony was hampered by defections among his officers and the presence of Cleopatra on her flagship, which his Roman soldiers deeply resented.
www.vroma.org /~bmcmanus/antony.html   (1252 words)

  
 Shakespeare Resource Center - Antony and Cleopatra Synopsis
Cleopatra, however, has all of his attention as the two carry on a torrid affair in Egypt.
Cleopatra refuses, and Caesar's army meets Antony's on land—resulting in a victory for Antony.
Caesar decrees that Antony and Cleopatra be buried together as a posthumous act of kindness.
www.bardweb.net /plays/antony.html   (435 words)

  
 DVD Verdict Review - Antony And Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra is an unusual tragedy in that its protagonists start out flawed and gradually grow to heroic stature over the course of the play.
Cleopatra is a difficult role for any actress to live up to due to her legendary seductive quality and her "infinite variety"—her paradoxical mixture of childishness and queenliness, selfishness and intelligence, arrogance and whimsy.
She makes us believe in Cleopatra as a real woman, and she convinces us that even without great beauty (for the historical Cleopatra is known to have seduced with her mind rather than her physical gifts) she is a beguiling presence.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/antonyandcleopatra.php   (1663 words)

  
 Enjoying "Antony and Cleopatra" by William Shakespeare
Cleopatra is probably the most interesting woman of her era, with enormous talent and energy, and major player in her own right on the world stage.
Cleopatra was fluent in 9 languages, and had already had a personal army that was loyal to her during the infighting that preceded the Roman conquest of Egypt.
Scene III: Cleopatra sends one of her ladies to Antony with the instruction to see what kind of mood he is in, and tell him that Cleopatra is in the opposite.
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 Antony and Cleopatra - Encyclopedia FunTrivia
Antony is so ashamed of this that he rages against Cleopatra, who, strangely, offers no reason for her desertion, merely stating shock that Antony followed her.
Antony was clearly not in love with Fulvia, however upon hearing of her death, he remarks "There's a great spirit gone!" and regrets that he had wished her out of the way.
Cleopatra seems especially gratified to hear that Octavia is widowed and that she has a too-round face, because "For the most part, too, they are foolish that are so." She asks the messenger's pardon for her former abuse and gives him gold.
www.funtrivia.com /en/Literature/Antony-and-Cleopatra-13496.html   (1349 words)

  
 Bible Study - Antony and Cleopatra
Cleopatra VII was the last and generally most well-known of the Ptolemaic rulers.
Cleopatra reigned with the political support of the Roman leader Julius Caesar, with whom she had a son.
After Cleopatra, 39, and Antony, 53, both committed suicide (she by having a poisonous snake bite her), Egypt was absorbed by the Roman Empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome).
www.keyway.ca /htm2002/20020707.htm   (460 words)

  
 Alan Rickman in Antony and Cleopatra
Mark Antony, a great soldier, and together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, one of the three rules of Rome, is in Egypt, in love with its glamorous Queen, Cleopatra.
Antony's forces are defeated by Rome, and he blames Celopatra for his failure.
Hearing the news, Antony stabs himself, and is taken, dying, to Cleopatra.
members.tripod.com /emma_on_line/antony.html   (1199 words)

  
 Shakespeare's Sources for Antony and Cleopatra
The market-place was quite emptied, and Antony at last was left alone sitting upon the tribunal; while the word went through all the multitude, that Venus was come to feast with Bacchus, for the common good of Asia.
She, perceiving that his raillery was broad and gross, and savoured more of the soldier than the courtier, rejoined in the same taste, and fell into it at once, without any sort of reluctance or reserve.
Antony was so captivated by her that, while Fulvia his wife maintained his quarrels in Rome against Caesar by actual force of arms, and the Parthian troops, commanded by Labienus (the king's generals having made him commander-in-chief), were assembled in Mesopotamia...
www.shakespeare-online.com /sources/antonysources.html   (482 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Antony and Cleopatra (Folger Shakespeare Library): Books: Dr. Barbara A. Mowat,Paul Werstine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Antony dies in his lover's arms, and rather than submit to Roman rule under the new Caesar (Octavius), the heart-broken Cleopatra asks to have a poisonous snake delivered to her in a basket of figs.
Antony's anger against Caesar, when he finally does take action and go against him in war, does not seem that justified because we aren't given much in the way of grounds for his anger.
Cleopatra's character is one-dimensional also; she seems to just lay around and ponder what life is about and ask around about Antony to her many servants.
www.amazon.com /Antony-Cleopatra-Folger-Shakespeare-Library/dp/0671039164   (2467 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra Summary & Essays - William Shakespeare
In Antony, Cleopatra, and Augustus Caesar, Shakespeare depicts characters that are larger than life, all three of the main figures commanding "planetary" status as rulers of the world and instruments of its destiny.
Antony and Cleopatra is a very involved play, featuring rapid shifts between Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, Egypt and Antony's homeland in Rome, along with two major battlefield sequences.
Antony, Cleopatra, Eros, Charmian, and Iras by Henry Tresham
www.enotes.com /aandc   (825 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra
Before Antony and Cleopatra enter, the text prepares us for 'a gypsy' and 'a strumpet's fool'; the opening procession provides them with a superbly theatrical opportunity to display that lust of which Hall spoke and to establish an Egyptian court suffused with it.
Her court shadow Cleopatra's every move, including crowding in behind her like a flock of birds when, dignity shaken, she rushes for the door on hearing that Octavia is younger than she.
It had seemed to confront Antony and Cleopatra with the inescapable truth of their relationship: that she has the superior strength and that he is tied to her every move.
www.djdchronology.com /antonyandcleopatra.htm   (4155 words)

  
 Whoosh! Episode Guide: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
Xena/Cleo tells Antony not to kill the survivor, she tells him to go to Brutus and tell him that she and Antony are alive and well and together.
Antony says Octavius cannot be allowed to live to be a good man. Xena/Cleo tells Antony to take her navy.
Cleopatra committed suicide when she and Marc Anthony were finally defeated by Octavian at the sea battle of Actium in 31 BCE.
www.whoosh.org /epguide/antony.html   (10855 words)

  
 Anthony and Cleopatra
Cleopatra, worried that her little trick may have backfired, sends word to Antony that she is still alive.
Cleopatra, in her late twenties during her affair with Antony, was born in 69 B.C. as the second daughter of King Ptolemy XII.
The nephew and heir of Julius Caesar, Octavius is cunning and ambitious, an altogether formidable opponent for Antony.
cummingsstudyguides.net /xAntonyCleo.html   (3333 words)

  
 SparkNotes: Antony and Cleopatra: Act I, scenes iv–v; Act II, scenes i–ii
Cleopatra asks if he appeared sad or happy, and she rejoices when Alexas responds that Antony seemed neither: to appear sad, Cleopatra says, might have contaminated the moods of his followers, while a happy countenance could have jeopardized his followers’ belief in his resolve.
Cleopatra orders Alexas to prepare twenty messengers, so that she can write to Antony on each day of his absence.
Antony, he maintains, will never be able to leave her, despite his marriage to Octavia.
www.sparknotes.com /shakespeare/antony/section2.rhtml   (1238 words)

  
 Welcome to TybrnOpera! Antony and Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra: The Opera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Antony and Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra: The Opera
These are NEW operatic versions of Shakespeare's classics "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Othello".
The score for "Antony and Cleopatra" has already been written, but I am in search of composers who are serious about scoring "Iago", the operatic adaptation of Shakespear's "Othello", and who have experience writing lyrical music.
members.aol.com /tybrnopera/main.html   (149 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare: A searchable online version at The Literature Network
Antony, though married to Fluvia, lives in Alexandria, Egypt with his mistress Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt.
Cleopatra, in grief over Antony's death and determined never to fall under Caesar's command commits suicide by allowing poisonous asps to bite her.
Cleopatra's main attendant (Charmian) dies in the same manner, while her second attendant (Iras) dies from stress and grief over Cleopatra's death.
www.online-literature.com /shakespeare/antony   (786 words)

  
 Introduction Antony and Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra: The Opera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This NEW operatic version of Shakespeare's classic "Antony and Cleopatra" is now completed.
Below are links to three scenes from "Antony and Cleopatra" that you might want to peruse if you are interested in the poetic adaptation.
Antony and Cleopatra: The Opera is ©1996 Gene Tyburn, all rights reserved.
members.aol.com /tybrnopera/Antony_Cleopatra/main.html   (156 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra at Absolute Shakespeare
Antony, in theory rules the eastern Roman empire, but though married to Fluvia, chooses to live in Alexandria, Egypt with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt.
Cleopatra, meanwhile convinces her lover to accept Caesar's challenge to fight not on land but at sea, Antony ignoring the advise of his aides suggesting he should do otherwise.
Cleopatra does not agree, Caesar's army fighting his friend and now rival on land to Caesar's ultimate defeat, the two facing off the next day.
absoluteshakespeare.com /plays/antony_and_cleopatra/antony_and_cleopatra.htm   (609 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Plays of William Shakespeare: V1 Antony And Cleopatra: DVD: Timothy Dalton,Lynn Redgrave,John ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Search Amazon DVD and VHS for "Antony and Cleopatra," and you come up with two titles: the 1975 Paul Scofield production, listed as out of stock, and the dreadfully misconceived 1981 number by Lawrence Carra (I pass in silenceover the "Cleopatras" of Elizabeth Taylor and Claudet Colbert).
She's in love with Antony but more than that, she is love with herself and in love with love and she knows that this is her last big spin.
Opposite LaPotaire, Colin Blakely's Antony is a creature of appetitites, a bit clueless in the way men are clueless, and not quite certain that he is as, ahem, manly as his distinguished predecessor (one way that you know that Cleopatra has still got it is that Antony goes so squiggly giggly in her presence).
www.amazon.ca /Plays-William-Shakespeare-Antony-Cleopatra/dp/B000059XTP   (1112 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra (1974) (TV)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Quotes: Cleopatra: Give me my robe; put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me...
He really communicates the strong friendship between him and Antony, and how troubling it is to leave foolish Antony for Caesar's army.
Suzman isn't as beautiful as one might expect for an actress portraying Cleopatra, but she exhibits the powerful sensuality that surrounds the character.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0175447   (288 words)

  
 Drama: Antony and Cleopatra
MARK ANTONY Speak to me home, mince not the general tongue: Name Cleopatra as she is call'd in Rome; Rail thou in Fulvia's phrase; and taunt my faults With such full licence as both truth and malice Have power to utter.
Cleopatra, catching but the least noise of this, dies instantly; I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer moment: I do think there is mettle in death, which commits some loving act upon her, she hath such a celerity in dying.
CLEOPATRA I have a mind to strike thee ere thou speak'st: Yet if thou say Antony lives, is well, Or friends with Caesar, or not captive to him, I'll set thee in a shower of gold, and hail Rich pearls upon thee.
drama.eserver.org /plays/renaissance/shakespeare/tragedies/antony-and-cleopatra.txt   (12296 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Antony and Cleopatra: Video: Jon Scoffield,Richard Johnson,Janet Suzman,Rosemary McHale,Mavis Taylor ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The tragic love story of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, although surrounded by war and negotiations, ends in a manner befitting Romeo and Juliet.
In the end, like Juliet, Cleopatra fakes her death to which the distraught Antony tries to kill himself; I guess he learned that from Romeo as well.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA is not the greatest Shakespeare story but this Trevor Nunn production is great.
www.amazon.ca /Antony-Cleopatra-Jon-Scoffield/dp/078400174X   (1209 words)

  
 Antony and Cleopatra
Cleopatra's whole character is the triumph of the voluptuous, of the love of pleasure and the power of giving over every other consideration.
The latter scenes of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA are full of the changes of accident and passion.
Antony's headstrong presumption and infatuated determination to yield to Cleopatra's wishes to fight by sea instead of land, meet a merited punishment; and the extravagance of his resolutions, increasing with the desperateness of his circumstances, is well commented upon by Oenobarbus:
www.theatrehistory.com /british/antony001.html   (969 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Antony And Cleopatra: Video: Lawrence Carra,Paul Bowman (II),Stuart Larson,John Devlin,Nichelle ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Studying Antony and Cleopatra for A-Level, I've seen many a production of this on DVD or alike.
This video has a deceptively simple feel about the way it is staged, yet this is entirely in keeping with its original presentation, using as it does the apparent limits of the theatre to reinforce the intimacy of the stage setting for its characters.
As Jenny Aggutter says in her introduction to the video, some of its proceeds go to NCH Action for Children, so all in all it is money well spent.
www.amazon.co.uk /Antony-Cleopatra-Lawrence-Carra/dp/B000059RGJ   (502 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Antony and Cleopatra: DVD: Jon Scoffield,Richard Johnson,Janet Suzman,Rosemary McHale,Mavis Taylor ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This is a brilliant performance of Antony and Cleopatra.....
Janet Suzman as Cleopatra is at least as fine a Cleopatra as Liz Taylor (and infinitely superior to Leonor Varela's embarrassingly adolescent portrayal), but Richard Johnson as Antony is so marvelous that you can only think of Richard Burton as an unappealing weakling after watching Johnson.
"Antony and Cleopatra" is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays where Marc Antony and Cleopatra, both with glorious pasts, have to cope with their dwindling fortunes.
www.amazon.com /Antony-Cleopatra-Jon-Scoffield/dp/B0002235QM   (1250 words)

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