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Shakespeare and Roman History

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Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra

In this course, we explore several aspects of Antony and Cleopatra. We begin by thinking about why Shakespeare was interested in writing plays that were set in Ancient Rome, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the play’s wide scope in both space and time, the roles of Antony and Cleopatra themselves, and the ‘divided catastrophe’ at the end of the play.

Shakespeare and Roman History

In this module we ask the question: Why did Shakespeare write about Roman history? What was it about this two-thousand year old civilization that interested him and his audience?

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Lennard, J. (2018, August 15). Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra - Shakespeare and Roman History [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Prof. John Lennard

Prof. John Lennard

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