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Shakespeare Book Club

Tuesday Feb 7 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Writer's Block

519 S. 6th Street, Ste. 100
Las Vegas NV, USA, 89101


Join Dr. Walker in historic downtown Las Vegas for The Shakespeare Book Club, a discussion group that studies the plays of the Bard-of-Avon, including his comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. All are welcome to attend, regardless of familiarity with Shakespeare’s works.
Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes a major event in world history: the founding of the Roman Empire. The future first emperor, Octavius Caesar (later called Augustus Caesar), cold-bloodedly manipulates other characters and exercises iron control over himself.

At first, he shares power with Mark Antony, Rome’s preeminent military leader, and the weaker Lepidus. Caesar needs Antony to fend off other Roman strongmen like Pompey; he even offers his sister Octavia to him as a bride, despite Antony’s reputation as a libertine and his past rivalry with Caesar. Once Caesar defeats Pompey, however, he needs no allies. He brings charges against Lepidus, denies Antony his spoils from Pompey’s defeat, and seizes cities in the eastern Roman colonies that Antony rules.

The play’s emphasis, however, is on those whom Caesar defeats: Antony and his wealthy Egyptian ally, Queen Cleopatra. The play does not sugarcoat Antony and Cleopatra’s famous love affair, including her calculated attempts to seduce Antony from his duties and his rage when he thinks she has betrayed him to Caesar. Nonetheless, the lovers find such sensual and emotional satisfaction that Caesar’s world conquest seems smaller than what they find in each other.

We will also read the chapter on Antony and Cleopatra from Oxford scholar Emma Smith's recent book This is Shakespeare.

This club meets in person at The Writer's Block. Click here to learn more, buy books, and receive a reminder email several days before the event.


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