Antony and cleopatra is a tragedy by william shakespeare the play was performed first circa 1607 at the blackfriars theatre or the globe theatre by the kings men its first appearance in print was in the folio of 1623 . 18 literary quotes that will break your heart but only if youve read the book. After the murder of her lover caesar egypts queen cleopatra needs a new ally she seduces his probable successor mark antony this develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor octavius . Act i scene i alexandria a room in cleopatras palace enter demetrius and philo philo nay but this dotage of our generals oerflows the measure those his goodly eyes. Antony and cleopatra are among historys most famous lovers the story of their affair their war their defeat and finally their suicides has been told and retold for centuries now adrian goldsworthy author of antony and cleopatra uncovers the couples true story
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