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    ... The historical note is interesting, but I certainly in the play got the impression that OC was being truthful. I see Antony s psyche as the opposite of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21 9:46 AM
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      > David: Sorry Ola, but I disagree. I think Antony in his

      weakened
      > state would give Cleopatra whatever she wanted and this is what
      she
      > wanted. Antony values his position as Cleopatra's lover more than
      his
      > position as a Roman. Your Antony from Julius Caesar is lost I
      am
      > afraid.
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      > Ola: Absolutely agree - I mourned my Antony
      at the end of JC--this
      > is an
      > entirely new Antony. He has a leg
      in each world and that never
      > works unless
      > you're a wishbone. I
      agree he is totally besotted with Cleo but a
      > part of me
      > still
      thinks he's a Roman down deep - so deep he may not even know it.
      >
      Historically, OC did fuel the fire set by Antony's canoodling with
      > Cleo
      by grossly
      > exaggerating the "threat" Antony posed to Rome due to the
      affair.

      The historical note is interesting, but I certainly in the play got
      the impression that OC was being truthful. I see Antony's psyche as
      the opposite of how you see it. I think Antony is a Roman who down
      deep is an Egyptian. I think when he is in Egypt he is his true self.
      JC was seduced by Cleopatra but down deep was still a Roman and was
      able to go back. Antony knows he is being seduced and knows he cannot
      run an empire with Cleopatra in tow but is powerless to do anything
      about it. This is why I find it believable that he handed over part
      of his empire to Cleopatra and I find the double meaning discovered
      by Jenny so interesting.

      Ola: Good - now we have some dialogue going!  I was beginning to think this was a love fest. Antony is seduced and loving it - entirely agree. JC was more interested in leading the republic into the empire and that was a bigger draw than Cleo - agreed.

      Where I disagree is that OC was being entirely truthful in the rumor-mongering arena.  How lucky was he? Dumped Lepidus and then gave Antony enough rope to hang himself - but he /OC did greatly embellish the rumors of doings in the East, thereby further endearing himself to the senate and the people. In other words, a politician of today's ilk, eh?

      Historically, I think OC proved to be the man for the hour, far more than would have Antony, in leading the empire to greatness. But he still had feet of clay. For instance, he and his family lived like Rajas - but that's another story and way OT.

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