Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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The Roles in the Play

  • cleopatra Queen of Egypt; Antony's lover

  • charmian, first lady-in-waiting to Cleopatra

  • iras, second lady-in-waiting to Cleopatra

  • mardian, a eunuch in Cleopatra's court

  • alexas, attendant to Cleopatra

  • diomedes, lesser attendant to Cleopatra

  • seleucus, Cleopatra's treasurer

  • clown, an Egyptian peasant; keeper of the asps

  • An egyptian

  • messengers

  • soldiers

  • servants

  • eunuchs

  • Mark antony (Marcus Antonius), older Roman General; one of the triumvirate; Cleopatra's lover

  • Domitius enobarbus, Roman officer, follower and friend of Antony

  • eros, Roman soldier, freedman, and personal servant to Antony

  • soothsayer

  • scarus, Roman ordinary career soldier, loyal to Antony

  • Antony's former schoolmaster, ambassador to Caesar

  • ventidius, Roman general, allied to Antony

  • canidius
    dercetus
    demetrius
    philo
    silius

    Roman military men, serving under Antony

  • sentry

  • Other members of the watch

  • Members of Antony's guard

  • soldiers

  • messengers

  • Octavius caesar, young nephew of Julius Caesar; one of the triumvirate

  • octavia, Caesar's sister; later, wife of Antony

  • lepidus, one of the triumvirate

  • agrippa
    dolabella
    gallus
    maecenas
    proculeius
    taurus
    thidias

    Roman military men, serving under Caesar

  • An ambassador

  • soldiers

  • messengers

  • pompey (Sextus Pompeius), son of Pompey the Great; rebel leader against the triumvirate

  • menas
    menecrates
    varrius

    military men, serving under Pompey

  • boy who sings

  • servants

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