Antony and Cleopatra Act I, Scenes 4 and 5: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scenes 4 and 5: Summary and Analysis

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Octavius (Caesar): triumvir of Rome, later to become Augustus Caesar

Lepidus: triumvir of Rome

Summary
Scene 4 takes place at Octavius’ house in Rome, before Antony returns from Cleopatra’s court. Octavius (Caesar) and Lepidus discuss Sextus Pompeius’ challenge. Pompeius’ pirates control the Straits of Messina and nearby waters between Sicily and the Italian peninsula. Octavius condemns Antony for his wanton behavior and dereliction of his duties as a triumvir, but Lepidus attempts, weakly, to defend him.

In Scene 5, at Cleopatra’s court after Antony’s departure to Rome, Cleopatra and her attendants discuss the existing situation. Cleopatra is...

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