Want to know where Antony & Cleopatra is set? Shakespeare set Antony & Cleopatra in the Roman Empire, in the whole of the world as it was known in the first century. There are two main locations, however: Rome, and Alexandria in Egypt.  Antony has abandoned life in Rome, where everything is masculine, disciplined and clear cut. he has fallen in love with the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, and now lives in Alexadria where everything is soft, feminine, emotional, with no boundaries. So what Shakespeare is doing with  these locations is present Antony as a soldier who is on an upward spiritual journey through the agency of love. He is transformed into a softer, more insightful person than he had been as one of the rulers of Rome and its greatest soldier. By the end of the play we can see that the characters in Egypt have gone headlong for love, while the Rome characters are still narrow, materialistic, and lacking in understanding of the spiritual dimension.

The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Antony & Cleopatra, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below the Antony & Cleopatra settings map:

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