Antony and Cleopatra

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Penguin, Sep 1, 1999 - Drama - 352 pages
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The Signet Classics edition of the tragedy that features one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters.

A magnificent drama of passion and war, this riveting play presents the complicated relationship between the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman leader Mark Antony, a man torn between an empire and love.

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet
• A selection from Plutarch's Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans, the source from which Shakespeare derived Antony and Cleopatra
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, A. C. Bradley, John F. Danby, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...


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Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE OF STRATFORDUPONAVON GENTLEMAN
THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
I1Enter Demetrius and Philo
I2Enter Enobarbus Lamprius a Soothsayer Rannius Lucillius Charmian Iras Mardian the Eunuch and Alexas
I3Enter Cleopatra Charmian Alexas and Iras
I4Enter Octavius Caesar reading a letter Lepidus and their train
I5Enter Cleopatra Charmian Iras and Mardian
II1Enter Pompey Menecrates and Menas in warlike manner
III10Canidius marcheth with his land Army one way over the stage and Taurus the lieutenant of Caesar the other way After their going in is heard th...
III11Enter Antony with Attendants
III12 Enter Caesar Agrippa Thidias and Dolabella with others
III13 Enter Cleopatra Enobarbus Charmian and Iras
IV1Enter Caesar Agrippa and Maecenas with his Army Caesar reading a letter
IV2Enter Antony Cleopatra Enobarbus Charmian Iras Alexas with others
IV3 Enter a Company of Soldiers
IV4Enter Antony and Cleopatra with Charmian and others

II2Enter Enobarbus and Lepidus
II3Enter Antony Caesar Octavia between them
II4Enter Lepidus Maecenas and Agrippa
II5Enter Cleopatra Charmian Iras and Alexas
II6Flourish Enter Pompey and Menas at one door with Drum and Trumpet at another Caesar Lepidus Antony Enobarbus Maecenas Agrippa with Sol...
II7Music plays Enter two or three Servants with a banquet
III1Enter Ventidius as it were in triumph the dead body of Pacorus borne before him with Silius and other Romans
III2Enter Agrippa at one door Enobarbus at another
III3Enter Cleopatra Charmian Iras and Alexas
III4Enter Antony and Octavia
III5Enter Enobarbus and Eros
III6Enter Agrippa Maecenas and Caesar
III7Enter Cleopatra and Enobarbus
III8Enter Caesar and Taurus with his Army marching
IV5Trumpets sound Enter Antony and Eros and a Soldier meeting them
IV6 Flourish Enter Agrippa Caesar with Enobarbus and Dolabella
IV7Alarum Drums and Trumpets Enter Agrippa and Soldiers
IV8Alarum Enter Antony again in a march Scarus with others
IV9Enter a Sentry and his Company of Watchmen Enobarbus follows
IV10Enter Antony and Scarus with their Army
IV11Enter Caesar and his Army
IV13Enter Cleopatra Charmian Iras Mardian
IV14Enter Antony and Eros
IV15Enter Cleopatra and her Maids aloft with Charmian and Iras
V1Enter Caesar Agrippa Dolabella Maecenas Gallus Proculeius with his Council of War
V2Enter Cleopatra Charmian Iras
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William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


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