Abstract and Keywords
This chapter surveys a range of key topics in Antony and Cleopatra, including space, rhetoric, love, politics, ethnicity and gender. It considers the dichotomy between Egypt and Rome, the contrast between linguistic hyperbole and onstage action, and the variety of source materials available to Shakespeare. The central characters are introduced as both historical agents and fictional creations. The chapter finally suggests the importance of the sea in the play’s spatial and political imaginary.
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