Marc Antony has the distinction of being a leading character in two of Shakespeare's Roman plays, the relatively early Julius Caesar and the mature Antony and Cleopatra written a decade later. It is also a mature Antony who romances Cleopatra, his Roman nobility being coupled with her Egyptian charms. In the earlier play, however, Antony has not yet emerged as a global giant in his own right. At the outset of Julius Caesar, he is the title character's protégé, but not his heir apparent, and although the conspirators consider him to be a potential threat, his powers...
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