Antony and Cleopatra Objects/Places
triumvirate: Refers to the three men who rule the Roman Empire at the beginning of the play: Octavius Caesar, Lepidus, and Mark Antony. This is the second triumvirate in Rome’s history; the first one was made up of Julius Caesar, Marcus Crassus, and Pompey the Great.
Rome: The capitol of the Empire and the center of the Western world at this time.
Egypt: The country that Cleopatra rules, and the center of the Eastern world in this play.
die: Has a double meaning: also, a woman’s orgasm.
poorer moment: Lesser cause.
mettle: Sexual vigor.
mandragora: A narcotic which comes from the mandrake root.
Sicily: The location of Pompey’s camp.
Misena: Misenum, in Southern Italy.
riggish: Wanton, licentious.
meaner: A person of lower status.
cuckoo: A bird that lives in the nests of other birds (the root of the term 'cuckold').
Nile River: The largest river in Egypt; the Egyptians use it to tell the fortunes of the upcoming seasons.
greensickness: An anemia that affects woman; also lovesickness.
Philipi: The site of the battle Antony fought against Brutus. In Julius Caesar, the title character was murdered by Brutus and Cassius, among others, and a new triumvirate formed, the same one that we see at the beginning of this play: Antony, Octavius Caesar, and Lepidus. The three fight Brutus for revenge, and he is defeated, and later he kills himself.
alone the villain of the earth: The greatest villain of the earth.
odds: The quality distinguishing one thing from another.
figs: Used to disguise the asp brought to Cleopatra by the Clown
asp: A poisonous snake said to kill painlessly.
after wrath: The wrath given by the gods to a person who has been lucky in life after they die.