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Antony and Cleopatra Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

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Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

The play opens in Cleopatra's palace at Alexandria, Egypt. Philo, who explains that the General's military and political reputation is suffering because of his affair with the Egyptian Queen, introduces us to the Roman General, Mark Antony. Antony and Cleopatra enter together, followed by her attendants and slaves. The couple is flirting openly; Cleopatra presses Antony to describe his love for her.

A messenger arrives with news from Rome. Cleopatra teases him that it may be from his estranged wife, or perhaps a summons from the Caesar, whom the Queen mocks for his youth and inexperience, and for his influence over Antony. He refuses to hear the news and insists instead that some entertainment be arranged for the evening. The couple leaves, and Philo and Demetrius are left on stage to reflect on Antony's scorn for his duty to Caesar and to the Roman Empire...

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