Antony and Cleopatra, one of William Shakespeare’s last tragedies, was mostly likely written and first performed in 1606. The most geographically sweeping of Shakespeare’s plays, its setting is the entire Roman Empire, and its backdrop is the well-documented history of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavius Caesar. The action of the story begins roughly two years after the events of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s earlier play about the Roman Empire, and it contains some of the same characters—including an older and changed Mark Antony.


See a complete list of the characters in Antony and Cleopatra and in-depth analyses of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavius Caesar.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Antony and Cleopatra, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the play by reading these key quotes.

Deeper Study

Enhance your understanding of Antony and Cleopatra by reading about William Shakespeare and background and sources for the play as well as mini essay about the structure of the play, the contrasts between Cleopatra and Octavia, and the way that the play presents Egypt.

Quick Quizzes

Test your knowledge of Antony and Cleopatra with these quiz questions.