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Plutarch, Life of Antonius

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Department
Classics
Course Code
CLA233H1
Professor
Erik Gunderson

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CLA 233: Week 8: March 8 th
-theatrical element in Plutarch
-Antony and Cleopatra presenting and staging (Plutarch does the same)
-lots of “dress up” being played (i.e. Antony dressed as servant)
-appearances vs. essences
-the bad “East (Alexandria)
-excess, effeminacy, tyranny
-*women theme*
-can tell Antony is a bad man because of the women he associates with
-chooses Cleopatra (drugs, madness, poor military decisions) over Octavia
(ideal aristocratic Roman woman)
-East (Cleopatra) vs. West (Octavia)
Plutarch’s Life of Antony
Opening: well-connected family background, active in the age of Marius and Sulla
2.3- sexual relationship with Curio according to Cicero
-Curio uses pleasure to persuade Antony (pleasure vs. virtue)
3- Military exploits
4-his body
-virile quality (Hercules like)
-drinker, partier, lots of sex
-manly powerful
5-sneaking around in servant’s costume (has good reason at this point, later not so much)
9-Dallabella the tribune tries to get ahead with debt relief
-Antony goes against him, people dislike him for this
-aristocrats dislike him for his “bad character”
-hangs out with a lot of theatre types, lots of sex, men vomiting in togas
-Sergius the mime has the greatest influence over him (should be the older
aristocrats though)
-brings theatre mistress with him on business trips
-has an all-around *appalling public character*
10.3-Caesar tells Antony to straighten up and get married: settles with Flavia (Clodius’s
former wife)
-the anti-Lucretia, wants to command Antony: rule the ruler
-teaches him to obey women (ready for Cleopatra)
12-Antony gives conspirators a pretext for killing Caesar *theatrics and power*
24-went to Asia
-got wealth while he was there
-we’re given a picture of what it is to be a king in Asia
-lots of sex, wealth, extravagance
-many performers (low people controlling those who should be in charge)
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CLA 233: Week 8: March 8 th -theatrical element in Plutarch -Antony and Cleopatra presenting and staging (Plutarch does the same) -lots of dress up being played (i.e. Antony dressed as servant) -appearances vs. essences -the bad East (Alexandria) -excess, effeminacy, tyranny -*women theme* -can tell Antony is a bad man because of the women he associates with -chooses Cleopatra (drugs, madness, poor military decisions) over Octavia (ideal aristocratic Roman woman) -East (Cleopatra) vs. West (Octavia) Plutarchs Life of Antony Opening: well-connected family background, active in the age of Marius and Sulla 2.3- sexual relationship with Curio according to Cicero -Curio uses pleasure to persuade Antony (pleasure vs. virtue) 3- Military exploits 4-his body -virile quality (Hercules like) -drinker, partier, lots of sex -manly powerful 5-sneaking around in servants costume (has good reason at this point, later not so much) 9-Dallabella t
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