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Antony and Cleopatra
      
"My Salad Days, when I Was Green in Judgment."
William Shakespeare
   wrote   
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
   is a   
Tragic Play
Antony
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Marcus Antonius
Cleopatra
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Queen of Egypt
Octavius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Octavius Caesar
Domitius Enobarus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Charmian
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant on Cleopatra
Pompey
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Sextus Pompeius
Menas
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Lepidus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Marcus Antonius Lepidus
Agrippa
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Eros
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Dolabella
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Iras
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant on Cleopatra
Mecaenas
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Alexas
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant on Cleopatra
Octavia
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Sister to Caesar and Wife to Antony
Scarus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Thyreus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Canidius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Lieutenant-general to Antony
Proculeius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Mardian
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
A Eunuch, Attendant on Cleopatra
Diomedes
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant on Cleopatra
Euphronius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
An Ambassador from Antony to Caesar
Dercetas
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Ventidius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Seleucus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Attendant on Cleopatra
Silius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
An Officer in Ventidius's Army
Philo
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Demetrius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Antony
Menecrates
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Pompey
Taurus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Lieutenant-general to Caesar
Gallus
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Caesar
Varrius
   is a character in   
Antony and Cleopatra
Friend to Pompey
Antony and Cleopatra
   begins   
"Nay, but This Dotage of Our General's O'erflows the Measure"
Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper, And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust. [Flourish. Enter ANTONY, CLEOPATRA, her Ladies,] the Train, with Eunuchs fanning her] Look, where they come: Take but good note, and you shall see in him. The triple pillar of the world transform'd Into a strumpet's fool: behold and see.
Antony and Cleopatra
   ends   
"Come, Dolabella, See, High Order in This Great Solemnity."
Most probable That so she died; for her physician tells me She hath pursued conclusions infinite Of easy ways to die. Take up her bed; And bear her women from the monument: She shall be buried by her Antony: No grave upon the earth shall clip in it A pair so famous. High events as these Strike those that make them; and their story is No less in pity than his glory which Brought them to be lamented. Our army shall In solemn show attend this funeral; And then to Rome. Come, Dolabella, see High order in this great solemnity.
Samuel Barber
   composed the opera   
Antony and Cleopatra
Libretto by Franco Zeffirelli based on Shakespeare's play; premiered in 1966 at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House






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