Antony and Cleopatra
is an historical play by William Shakespeare
, first performed in 1607
and first printed in 1623
. The probable source for the story is Plutarch
's "Life of Marcus Antonius".
The five acts follow Cleopatra's and Mark Antony's domestic affairs in Egypt and political maneuverings against Rome. Cleopatra commits suicide in the final act by clasping an asp to her breast so she cannot be exhibited in Rome as a chained captive.
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- Full text of play (http://the-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/cleopatra/full)
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