Three Roman Plays
While "Julius Caesar" and "Coriolanus" are concentrated on the city of Rome, the epic love affair of "Antony and Cleopatra" extends across the Empire. Each of these plays is profoundly concerned with political action, with the relation between the political and the personal. Shakespeare, like Plutarch, closely scrutinizes his heroes and compels us to question what sort of men they are.
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