Antony condemns Cleopatra for leading him into abandoning his fleet, but just as quickly forgives her.
Antony hears of Caesar's treachery, and decides to go to war against him.
But Octavia pleads with Antony to maintain a peaceful relationship with her brother, and Antony decides to send her to Rome on a peace mission.
Ignoring all advice to the contrary, Antony elects to fight him at sea, allowing Cleopatra to command a ship.
But, in the heat of battle, Cleopatra's ship flees and Antony follows her, leaving his fleet to be defeated.
Back in Rome, Antony and Octavia are setting off on their honeymoon to the city of Athens, Greece.
But, as soon as they are gone, Caesar betrays Antony.In the opening of the play, Philo complains to Demetrius that Antony has abandoned his military duties and is gaining a reputation for having lost his edge because of his affair with Cleopatra.These are the rumors that Antony hears and that instigate his decision to return to Rome, which stages both an open quarrel between Antony and Cleopatra and an internal conflict within Antony himself.Once she's gone, however, Antony returns to Egypt and Cleopatra.In Egypt, Antony raises a large army to fight Caesar, and Caesar, angered by Antony's treatment of his sister, commands his army and navy to Egypt.So, when a message arrives informing him that his wife Fulvia is dead and that Pompey is raising a rebel army, he resolves to return to Rome and be a soldier once more. Wars are being waged left and right, and as soon as Antony resolves one issue, another pops up.Realizing that an alliance is necessary to defeat Pompey, Antony and Caesar, another ruler of the Roman Empire, agree that Antony will marry Caesar's sister Octavia.But, the attendant kills himself instead, so that Antony must fall upon his own sword.Then, mortally wounded, he is carried by his remaining attendants to Cleopatra's monument, where he dies in her arms.Try it risk-free In this lesson, you'll learn about the tragic love affair between Mark Antony and Cleopatra and the historical context in which it takes place.You'll also explore an analysis of this Shakespearean tragedy.