Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
He [Antony], however, once more, upon some unfavourable stories, [was] taking offence against Caesar[.] MARK ANTONY
Nay, nay, Octavia, not only that,--
That were excusable, that, and thousands more
Of semblable import,--but he hath waged
New wars 'gainst Pompey; made his will, and read it
To public ear:
Spoke scantly of me: when perforce he could not
But pay me terms of honour, cold and sickly
He vented them; most narrow measure lent me:
When the best hint was given him, he not took't,
Or did it from his teeth.

III.iv.1-10


Commentary:

Plutarch writes that in response to these offenses, Antony sailed for Italy with his army, and was only prevented making war by the intervention of Octavia.
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