•Idea that smooth talking = positive.
•Asiatic style of oratory. Seems to be exuberant and colourful. Athen style
vs Asiatic. The style was a reflection of his life. Showy, but empty.
 He had also a noble dignity of form; and a shapely beard, a broad forehead,
aquiline nose were thought to show the virile qualities peculiar to the portraits
statues of Hercules.
•Plays up a Hercules quality to himself. Acts the role of a Hercules figure.
But also famous drinker, partier, sex with women. Mode of being in Rome.
People loved Anthony, soldier and friend to many.
•Mixture of virtues and vices makes Plutarch uncomfortable.
Dollabella: Tribune. Constant debt crisis = he tries that game.
(3) This course naturally made him odious to the multitude, and to men of
worth and uprightness he was not acceptable because of his life in general, as
•Poor hate him because they care about money
•Aristocrats hate him because they care about honour and nobility. He
They loathed his ill-timed drunkenness, his heavy
expenditures, his debauches with women, his spending the days in sleep or in
wandering about with crazed and aching head, the nights in revelry or at shows,
attendance at the nuptial feasts of mimes and jesters. (
•Hanging out with theatre people.
he once feasted at the nuptials of Hippias the mime, drank all night, and then,
the morning, when the people summoned him to the forum, came before them
surfeited with food and vomited into his toga, which one of his friends held at his
•Disgusting display in public service. The people who have influence over
him are mimes, women and circus/theatre people.
•Takes his theatre girl mistress with him wherever he goes. Entourage
should be officials and high people, instead it's this kind of person.
Moreover, people were vexed at the sight of
golden beakers borne about on his excursions from the city as in sacred
the pitching of tents when he travelled, at the laying out of costly repasts near
and rivers, at chariots drawn by lions, and at the use of honest men and women's
houses as quarters for harlots and psaltery-players.
•Billetting: can force the townspeople to put up your staff. Antony's staff
was in tents.
For Antony put away his reprehensible way of
living, and turned his thoughts to marriage, taking to wife Fulvia, the widow of
the demagogue. She was a woman who took no thought for spinning or