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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to week eight of Shakespeare and his world. This week is called the Roman example. Shakespeare wrote several plays set in ancient Rome. The question we're going to ask is, in what ways was he using ancient Rome to explore his own time, his own world. The play we're going to focus on is Antony and Cleopatra. It will show us ancient Rome in all its glory, but it will also show us Egypt, the great opposite of Rome. So the kind of questions we're going to ask is, what were Elizabethan and Jacobean attitudes to Rome and Egypt, to Antony and Cleopatra? What was the importance of the figure who is Antony's great enemy in the play, Octavius Caesar?

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsHe, of course, is the one who, at the end of the play takes control of the whole world, the foundational Emperor of Rome. He changed his name to Augustus. And we're going to discover that Augustus was a figure of considerable importance to Shakespeare's patron, the King of Britain, King James. So join me as we explore the language, the imagery, the glory of Rome and Egypt. We'll look at the very book that Shakespeare worked from as he composed the play. We'll examine the imagery of the play. We'll explore its characters, its history, and its resonance for Shakespeare's own world.

Welcome to Week 8

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Shakespeare and his World

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