Cleopatra is initially attracted to Antony because he is a strong, handsome, virile man, but mainly because he has such great power. He is one of the rulers of most of the known world. Antony is attracted to Cleopatra because she is beautiful and because she knows how to captivate men. She has had to rely on her beauty and sex appeal to survive in the dangerous political arena of Egypt. She has such a powerful attraction that Antony cannot escape from her spell regardless of how far away he travels. Even when he returns to Rome and marries Octavius' sister, Antony creates two dangerous enemies in Octavius and Octavia by returning to Egypt and resuming his passionate love affair and life of dissolution with Cleopatra. When Antony is beaten in battle by Octavius, and Cleopatra feels compelled to commit suicide, it appears that she loves him as much as he loves her. She describes the dead Antony as if he had been a demigod.
I dream'd there was an Emperor Antony:—
O, such another sleep, that I might see
But such another man!
His face was as the heavens; and therein stuck
A sun and moon, which kept their course, and lighted
The little O, the earth.