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October 15, 2021 59 min

Shakespeare’s Roman trilogy reaches a climax in The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, a love- and wine-drenched account of Octavius Caesar’s defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and his consolidation of power over the nascent Roman Empire. The play is punctuated by bountiful allusions to Virgil's Aeneid. But besides the haunting downfall of the play’s title characters, in the background of the action arises the specter of a new religious creed, Christianity. Katherine Bradshaw joins Jonathan and Ryan again, to take the measure of Shakespeare’s Roman trilogy.

Jan Blits’s edition of The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra:

Virgil’s Aeneid, trans. Robert Fagles:

Virgil’s Aeneid, Latin-English:

Niccolo Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy (free):

Niccolo Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy, trans. Harvey Mansfield

Dante’s Divine Comedy:

René Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning:

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