Act I, Scenes 1 and 2: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Philo: friend of Mark Antony

Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt

(Mark) Antony: triumvir of Rome

Messenger: one of several carrying messages between Rome and Egypt. Other messengers appear during the play; none are named

Demetrius: friend of Mark Antony

Charmian: attendant of Cleopatra and, apparently, the queen’s favorite attendant

Alexas: friend of Cleopatra and Mark Antony and sometimes the unofficial representative of Antony when he cannot be present at Cleopatra’s court

Soothsayer: accurately predicts the future and warns Antony to beware of Octavius

Iras: attendant of Cleopatra


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