Antony and Cleopatra Act III, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Silius: friend of Antony and soldier in Antony’s army commanded by Ventidius

Scene 1 takes place in Syria, probably on a plain near the battlefield. Ventidius, commanding Mark Antony’s army, has won a significant battle against Orodes, king of Parthia. His troops bear the body of Pacorus, Orodes’ son, as a symbol of victory. (The battle constituted revenge against the Parthians for the treacherous murder of Marcus Crassus, a member of the first triumvirate of Rome.) Ventidius is urged to pursue his triumph to conquer adjacent regions, but he refuses, citing the danger of promoting himself and possibly eclipsing his general, Antony. Doing that has proved dangerous...

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