Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy. Antony then provided evidence of the opposite. He says that, although he kept captives for ransom, he cries for the poor.
When she arrived in Tarsus, she was clothed in he robes of Isis. Antony as seduced by her charms and agreed to protect Egypt and her crown. Cleopatra returned to Egypt and was followed by Antony, who left behind his wife and children. He spent the winter of 41-40 B.C in Egypt and formed the drinking circle “The Inimitable Livers”. After Antony’s return to Rome, Cleopatra gave birth to twins, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene.
The senate then declared war, but not on Mark Antony but on Cleopatra in 31BC, which created the Civil War between Marcius Antony and Octavian, which could’ve been avoided if Mark Antony had not given away Roman land and his name and committed treason11. Throughout the fourteen years, the use of propaganda was extraordinary. Both sides were ruthless to hold more power in Rome. Octavian had used the use of propaganda throughout the civil wars but he had used the use of propaganda towards the end of the war, exploiting Antony’s dalliance with Cleopatra. He Mark Antony was under the control of a foreign woman, which was added with the influence of alcohol, other drugs or magic spells.
Her only reasoning was not because of her late husband Mark Antony, as Cleopatra is not a simple but a complex human being. "Miserable Cleopatra, you are taken prisoner!" Upon which she turned quick, and, looking at Proculeius, drew out her dagger, which she had with her to stab herself. But Proculeius ran up quickly, and, seizing her with both his hands, "For shame," said he, "Cleopatra; you wrong yourself and Caesar much, who would rob him of so fair an occasion of showing his clemency, and would make the world believe the most gentle of commanders to be a faithless and implacable enemy." (Plutarch Life of Antony p.475) She was captured and quickly tried to take her life though was stopped by Proculeius.
Even though Brutus depicted ambition as a negative quality during his speech as Caesar’s funeral, Antony’s ambition following Caesar’s death is one of the reasons why he defeats the conspirators. However, this ambition is not present when Antony discovers Brutus committed suicide, leading him to praise Brutus by saying “This was the noblest Roman of them all.” (JC 5.5. 74), implying that Brutus was even more noble than Caesar, whom Antony greatly loved. By saying this, Antony indicates that Brutus will receive an honorable funeral, again showing his loyalty to Caesar by giving Brutus a funeral that Caesar most likely wanted for
Antony rebels against Octavius for what he thinks is his unfairness. His actions did not end with a victory, however. Cleopatra indicates rebellion too when Octavius already asks her to surrender; instead, she chooses free will plus independence and commits suicide. Furthermore, Antony fights social norms. He should be fighting but when Cleopatra flees, he follows her instead.
He was also the officer of Julius Caesar in Gaul [what is now France]. Antony backed up Caesar in his war with Pompey the Great in 49 BCE. When the duo came out triumphant from that war, Caesar left Antony in charge of Italy as a reward. After that Antony became Caesar's left wing in the Battle of Pharsalus in 48 BCE, which after they were victorious once again, Antony was appointed Julius Caesar's “Master of the Horse” or second in command (Badian). After Julius Caesar was plotted against and killed in 44 BCE by two Roman Senators, Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who thought, along with other senators that Julius was trying to become a dictator of the Empire (Badian) and therefore wanted to get rid of him.
During that time Egypt was becoming more wealthy with Cleopatra ruling over it. In 37 B.C., Mark Antony had met with Cleopatra to get funds for his military campaign that was against Parthia, in exchange for his funds, he had given Cleopatra much of Egypt’s eastern empire (Cyprus, Crete, Cyrenaica (Libya), Jericho, and large amounts of Lebanon and Syria). Mark Antony and Cleopatra had then become lovers again and she had given birth to another son (Ptolemy Philadelphos). The War Between Octavian and Cleopatra In 36 B.C. Octavian had declared war on Cleopatra in late 32 B.C.. Octavian had done this because after the defeat in Parthia, instead of of accepting Octavia’s wanting to rejoin Mark Antony, he went back to Egypt to Cleopatra and Octavian felt that Mark Antony was under Cleopatra’s control.
Marc Antony loves Caesar and was sincerely hurt when Brutus, a respected man to whom was close to Caesar, played a role in the assassination. Brutus was abl persuade the crowd , the people of Rome, in believing that Caesar deserved to die as he was ambitious and that his death was for the better of Rome. Through the speech Marc Antony disproves Brutus as when presented with the crown “ thrice did he refuse”(III.ii.99). Thus he asks if this is the crowds view of an honorable man which he refers to Brutus, with a tone of sarcasm, and in addition this makes the crowd question their own opinion. The need to avenge Caesar 's death gave Antony a motivation but he also used emotion to win the trust of the Romans.
He began to make unwise decisions. Cleopatra was thus heir to a line of determined women who were often the object of sincere devotion on the part of the Egyptian people of inept or discredited. The early Cleopatra’s have not enjoyed the fame of their last ancestor. The situation of in the Ptolemaic kingdom by around the year 50 was a depressing. The Ptolemaic monarchy was going down into this already highly structured