Plutarch and Shakespeare Compared

The Life of Marcus Antonius Antony and Cleopatra
Only a few had known of Antony's flight; and those who were told of it could not at first give any belief to so incredible a thing as that a general who had nineteen entire legions and twelve thousand horse upon the seashore, could abandon all and fly away; and he, above all, who had so often experienced both good and evil fortune, and had in a thousand wars and battles been inured to changes. [MARK ANTONY]
Canidius,
Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
And our twelve thousand horse. We'll to our ship

III.vii.57-59


Commentary:

Plutarch tells us of Antony's strength after the sea battle has been lost, and Cleopatra fled. Shakespeare includes this information in the passage where Antony discusses the possiblity of a battle at sea.
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