The Story of Antony and Cleopatra:

A Comparative Exploration of Text and Source

Welcome. This series of connected pages presents a comparative exploration of Shakespeare'sAntony and Cleopatra and Plutarch's The Life of Marcus Antonius, Shakespeares primary source for Antony and Cleopatra. Short passages from both texts, set side by side, offer a unique perspective on Shakespeare's use of source, and on how narrative becomes drama.


Click here to begin browsing Shakespeare and Plutarch Compared. Within the 61 "pages" of compared text, I've tried to devote each page to a short passage of one or two paragraphs. In some cases, though, the pages are longer - at times, what Plutarch manages to say in one line, Shakespeare says in twenty!

At the bottom of each "page" are four icons:

takes you back to the previous page
takes you back to the title page
takes you to a "finder" - a list of all compared passages, arranged by act, scene, and line number, so that you can go to any page directly
takes you back to the next page

In addition to the icons, a brief line at the botttem of each page notes it page number out of 61. The passages are arranged in order of Act, Scene and Line number, so you can follow the play through in logical order. The line number references correspond to The Complete Signet Classic Shakespeare (1972 edition). The Plutarch text is drawn from an on-line version, making page references impossible.


Click here to connect to the finder .

Click here for the full text of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

Click here for the full text of Plutarch'sLife of Marcus Antonius Click here for my bibliography.


Last Updated April 23, 1996
Web Page by Ruth Underhill.(Fourth Year student)