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Antony and Cleopatra Summary
William Shakespeare

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Antony and Cleopatra Summary


Antony and Cleopatra was first listed for publication in 1608, but evidence strongly suggests that the play was Written and performed one or two years earlier No evidence exists to indicate that Antony and Cleopatra appeared in print before Its inclusion in the first Folio of 1623, therefore, the First Folio version of the play is considered by most critics to be authoritative.

Thomas North's "The Life of Antonio's" in his The Lives of the Nohle Grectanes and Romans compared together (1579)-an English translation of a work by Plutarch IS the principal source for Antony and Cleopatra. Scholars have remarked that Shakespeare followed North' translation of Plutarch closely for his play; they note in particular a close match between Shakespeare's poetic rendition of Enobarbus's description of Cleopatra on her barge and North's own prose translation of the episode critics, however, are divided on whether Shakespeare's characterizations of Antony and Cleopatra are...

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