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ANTONY

                                                By sea, by sea.

ANTONY

I will fight by sea. By sea.

ENOBARBUS

Most worthy sir, you therein throw away
The absolute soldiership you have by land,
Distract your army, which doth most consist
Of war-marked footmen, leave unexecuted
45Your own renownèd knowledge, quite forego
The way which promises assurance, and
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
From firm security.

ENOBARBUS

Most worthy sir, if you do that you throw away all the advantages you have on land. You will have to divide your army, which mostly consists of battle-hardened foot soldiers. You will be unable to use your legendary battle knowledge. You’ll be abandoning proven methods that promise victory, and instead you’ll put yourself at the mercy of haphazard chance.

ANTONY

                                       I’ll fight at sea.

ANTONY

I’ll fight at sea.

CLEOPATRA

I have sixty sails, Caesar none better.

CLEOPATRA

I have sixty ships. Caesar doesn’t have any that are better.

ANTONY

50Our overplus of shipping will we burn,
And with the rest full-manned, from th’ head of Actium
Beat th’ approaching Caesar. But if we fail,
We then can do ’t at land.

ANTONY

We’ll burn our surplus ships and fully man the rest. We’ll sail from Actium and beat Caesar as he approaches. Even if we fail at that, we can still fight him on land.
Enter a MESSENGER
A MESSENGER enters.
                                                   Thy business?
What’s your business?

MESSENGER

The news is true, my lord. He is descried.
55Caesar has taken Toryne.

MESSENGER

The news is true, my lord. Caesar has been seen. He has captured Toryne.
Exit
He exits.

ANTONY

Can he be there in person? ’Tis impossible,
Strange that his power should be. Canidius,
Our nineteen legions thou shalt hold by land,
And our twelve thousand horse. We’ll to our ship.
60Away, my Thetis!

ANTONY

Can Caesar be there in person? No, that’s impossible. It’s strange enough that his army should be there. Canidius, take our nineteen

legions

military division consisting of 4,500 armored infantrymen

legions
and twelve thousand horse soldiers. You must hold them on land. We’ll go to our ship. Come away, Cleopatra.