illustration of Antony and Cleopatra facing each other with a snake wrapped around their necks

Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 1 Summary

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Last Updated February 3, 2023.

Scene 1 begins with Ventidius returning from battle in Syria with the body of the Parthian prince. He is told to go to Antony who will surely reward him. Ventidius recognizes this as bad advice because Antony might feel threatened by Ventidius's success. He decides to write a flattering letter instead.

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