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Antony and Cleopatra

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One of three plays Shakespeare set in the world of

Ancient Rome (Coriolanus and Julius Caesar being

the other two), Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes the

tragic love affair between the rules of Ancient Rome

and Ancient Egypt. Several sources may have provided

the raw material from which Shakespeare drew to

craft the play including Plutarch’s Life of Marcus Antonius, Robert Garnier’s Marc Antoine, and Samuel Daniel’s The Tragedy of Cleopatra.

Antony and Cleopatra


Written about 1606