Antony and Cleopatra Act III, Scenes 12 and 13: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scenes 12 and 13: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Dolabella: friend of Octavius (Caesar)

Thidias: friend of Octavius

Summary
Scene 12 takes place at Octavius’ camp. Antony has sent his children’s schoolmaster to Octavius—perhaps a final insult to the victor, whom Antony always has called a mere boy. The emissary asks that Antony be allowed to live in Egypt, or, if not Egypt, as a private man in Greece. Cleopatra agrees to submit to Octavius’ rule. Octavius refuses to grant Antony’s request but gives the emissary a favorable answer to Cleopatra, providing only that she drive Antony from Egypt or kill him. Then he sends his own emissary, Thidias, to Antony and Cleopatra. Thidias is authorized to offer...

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