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Cleopatra and Antony. Plutarchs view of the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra was that, on the one hand, Antony was mad in love with her, where he abandoned his old lifestyle to embrace her way of living, but on the other hand he was neede

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Part 1 Cleopatra Read the following passage carefully at least twice. What does it tell us about Plutarch's view of the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra? At the beginning of the passage Plutarch makes clear that, Cleopatra captivated Antony using her charm and intelligence, and kept him under her "control". 'Cleopatra [...] kept him in constant tutelage, and released him neither night nor day' (Plutarch, in AA100, Assignment Booklet, 2011 p.18). In the second phase of the passage Plutarch gives us a sense that Cleopatra was with Antony at all times, as he constantly use the words "with him". It's clear that Plutarch sees Cleopatra as a manipulative woman, and her alliance with Antony was nothing more than politics, and she was using Antony with the intension of saving her beloved nation, as she did with Julius Caesar. ...read more.


He took her fishing once, but he was frustrated for having bad luck and Cleopatra was there to see, therefore he was pretending it was him who caught the fishes, but instead he got help from his servant, who fastened the fishes to his hook under the water. In this passage we can see that Antony was frustrated with himself as he was trying to impress Cleopatra with his fishing skills. However, Cleopatra (who was an astute woman) figured Antony's trick and diced to play her own trick on Antony. She invited her friends to come along on the following day and as soon as Antony let down his line, she ordered her servant to fasten to his hook a salted herring. ...read more.


Plutarch does not say that there wasn't any love between them, as we know they got married and had three children. On both passages he mentions the games they used to play together, like lovers. It's also important to bear in mind that Plutarch's 'Life Antony' of was written 150 years or so after the events that have involved Antony and Cleopatra, so it means that Plutarch's Life is not a primary source of what really happened at the time but a secondary source. As we know ancient historians work in a different way from those of modern times, where they didn't feel obligated to give references of their sources. So how come Plutarch knew what exactly happened at that time? We can say that this text is more of a "novel" than a historical text. ...read more.

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