Critical Comments.

I.
Argument.
I. After the defeat of Brutus and Cassius at Philippi, the Roman Empire had been divided among the triumvirs, Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus. Antony having summoned a vassal of his Eastern dominions--Cleopatra, queen of Egypt--to answer for her conduct in aiding Brutus and Cassius, is himself taken captive by her charms. He goes with her to Alexandria, where they give themselves over to the voluptuous life of her court. A messenger arrives to inform Antony of the death of his deserted wife Fulvia. Another messenger brings him word of an attack upon Italy by the maritime forces of Sextus Pompeius. Antony shakes off his amorous chains and hastens back to the seat of the empire.
II. Antony reaches Rome just in time to patch up serious differences with the other two triumvirs, to whom he explains the attack upon Italy, as merely a feint on the part of his late wife Fulvia to recall him from Egypt. lie renews alliance with the other triumvirs by marrying Octavia, the sister of Octavius. A treaty of peace is made between the triumvirate and Pompey.
III. Octavia, instead of serving as a bond to the friendship of Octavius and Antony, becomes a knot to strangle it; for Octavius soon breaks his peace with Pompey, defeats him in battle, and presently seizes Lepidus, whom he holds in prison. None now remains between Octavius and absolute dominion save Antony, who might have proved a strong rival had not the enticements of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface 1
  • Critical Comments 5
  • Dramatis Personae 20
  • Act First 21
  • Scene I 21
  • Scene II 23
  • Scene III 30
  • Scene IV 35
  • Scene V 38
  • Act Second 41
  • Scene I 41
  • Scene II 43
  • Scene III 53
  • Scene IV 54
  • Scene V 55
  • Scene VI 60
  • Scene VII 66
  • Act Third 71
  • Scene I 71
  • Scene II 73
  • Scene III 76
  • Scene IV 78
  • Scene V 80
  • Scene VI 81
  • Scene VII 84
  • Scene VIII 88
  • Scene IX 88
  • Scene X 89
  • Scene XI 90
  • Scene XII 93
  • Scene XIII 95
  • Act Fourth 103
  • Scene I 103
  • Scene II 104
  • Scene III 106
  • Scene IV 107
  • Scene V 109
  • Scene VI 110
  • Scene VII 112
  • Scene VIII 113
  • Scene IX 114
  • Scene X 116
  • Scene XI 116
  • Scene XII 117
  • Scene XIII 119
  • Scene XIV 119
  • Scene XV 125
  • Act Fifth 129
  • Scene I 129
  • Scene II 132
  • Glossary 149
  • Critical Notes 166
  • Explanatory Notes 172
  • Act First 172
  • Scene I 172
  • Scene II 173
  • Scene III 174
  • Scene IV 174
  • Scene V 175
  • Act Second 176
  • Scene I 176
  • Scene II 176
  • Scene III 178
  • Scene V 178
  • Questions On Antony and Cleopatra 192
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