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This essay will look at the relationship between Cleopatra and Antony and how it is portrayed by Plutarch and Dio.

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´╗┐This essay will look at the relationship between Cleopatra and Antony and how it is portrayed. Firstly, a passage by well-known Roman historian Plutarch will be assessed in order to get an idea of how Cleopatra and Antony may have been represented. Secondly, this essay will begin to explore how their relationship is portrayed in other written material. From reading through the passage by Plutarch it appears that Antony had been influenced by Cleopatra and her ?flatterers? (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2012, p.18). The wording used throughout the passage gives the reader the impression that Cleopatra is very emotionally driven and that she felt so strongly about Antony that she simply could not live without him. ...read more.

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Antony seemed to be so concerned for Cleopatra?s welfare that he neglected his duty and the orders given to him by Octavian in order to be with Cleopatra. Plutarch writes ?he returned to Alexandria and put off his Median expedition [?]? (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2012, p.18). The underlying feeling of this passage is that Plutarch seems to want to protect Antony and make excuses for him, feeling the need to explain why Antony had rebelled against Rome. In other written material similar accounts of the relationship have been made. It is important to note that most of the information available is from the point of view of the Romans as the Egyptians left very little information on the events of that time. ...read more.

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Antony is presented in a negative manner throughout most of the speech by Octavian, according to Cassius Dio, with comments such as ?Who would not weep when he sees and hears what Antony has become?? and ?when it comes to weapons and fighting what has anyone to fear from him?? (Scott-Kilvert, 1987 pp. 52,53,54 and 55). From the account given by Cassius Dio, Octavian painted a very good picture to his army of how Antony was no longer the man he once was and that he had chosen to go against Rome saying ?he plunges into war? [?] ?against his country? [?](Scott-Kilvert, 1987 pp. 52,53,54 and 55). From studying the passages by both Plutarch and Cassius Dio, they seem to imply that Cleopatra was an extremely bad influence on Antony, manipulating and controlling him for her own purpose and desire. ...read more.

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