Historically, Mark Antony lived from 82-30 B.C. After the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Antony became part of a triumvirate—with Octavius Caesar and Aemilius Lepidus—that governed Rome for more than a dozen years. He met Cleopatra in 41 B.C., and they were lovers until their deaths in 30 B.C.
In Antony and Cleopatra, Antony is portrayed as the greatest military hero of his era. He is the last survivor of an age that reserved its highest honors for bravery and heroism on the battlefield. Antony is closely associated with Mars, the Roman god of war. He is...
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