Eternity was in our lips and eyes #
In the ruthless, ever-expanding empire of Rome, Shakespeare creates an astonishing portrait of a love too great for the world.
Mark Antony is a hero in a post-heroic world. He is torn between duty and love; his responsibility to Rome and his new life in Egypt; to the world he helped conquer; and his passion for Cleopatra.
Complex, charismatic, fierce. Cleopatra is a mother, a lover, a Queen. A woman not to be defied.
Studying Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, can influence the way we see power. Politics is an arena of power mongering between the two extreme poles; idealistic altruists or self serving plutocrats. In between lie the Pragmatists. We become aware of the role of powerplay in personal dynamics, in national and international governance, We can discern the various strategies practitioners use; tortuous machinations of Realpolitiks, chicanery employed to execute their powerplays.
We also gain a recognition of the importance of language in powerplay as well as the language of love in contrasting passages used by Antony and Cleopatra.