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The terminology Shakespeare utilizes in Antony and Cleopatra is concerned overwhelmingly with picture and screen. As Enobarbus explains the very first meeting of the fans we are drawn into a huge color and prosperity, 'The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,/ Burned on the water'. Cleopatra herself is described in much more majestic -- even divine -- phrases, 'o’erpicturing' the goddess Venus. Antony himself is 'the summit of this ground', whose eyes 'glowed like plated Mars', while Caesar is 'a Jove', whose ascendancy will attract 'the time of universal peace' -- a allusion, Rene Weis suggests, into the everlasting kingdom of Christ. However, it is problematic as to whether the characters themselves discuss the purpose of the grand words encircling them, and if they're as committed to image because this quote suggests. Antony, in reality, seems to surrender his public picture entirely for Cleopatra's sake. The play opens with a remark on the received view, Antony has come to be a 'strumpet's fool'. Indeed, he's willing to sacrifice Rome along with his worldly standing in virtue of his own passion for Cleopatra, 'allow Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch/ Of the ranged empire fall'. Only complete political necessity can draw him away from Egypt, and even then he cautioned that 'I'th'East my pleasure lies'. His marriage to Octavia angers Cleopatra heavily, but it was enacted only to placate Caesar and will be soon rendered useless as he returns promptly to Egypt. Moreover, his epic picture [he had been said by Plutarch to have been such as Hercules] is damaged by his preferences, Caesar mocks him as 'female' while even Antony himself cries at Cleopatra's servant 'O, thy vile lady! She's robbed me of my sword!' In a sense, it seems that Antony was unmanned by his com...