Read the Following Passage Carefully at Least Twice. What Does It Tell Us About Plutarch’S View of the Relationship Between Antony and Cleopatra?

Plutarch’s view of Antony and Cleopatra’s relationship provides us with a greater understanding of his and the Roman’s moralistic attitude to the lovers. In particular, he may have used this passage to further highlight the virtues and vices of Antony consequently influencing public opinion, ‘and when by night he would station himself at the doors or windows (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2011, p. 18).

We could say that the Egyptian Queen is Plutarch’s currency; he trades with Cleopatra - buying the right to further damage the character of Mark.
He starts by telling us ‘Antony is kept in constant tutelage by Cleopatra, and released neither night nor day’ (Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2011, p. 18). Instantly telling us of the couples dependency on one another, presenting Cleopatra as the more dominate figure. Plutarch gives us the impression of a once great Antony, who becomes so besotted by the Egyptian, he is happy for her to control him, which at the time would have been unheard of, ‘She played at dice with him, drank with him…’(Plutarch, in AA100 Assignment Booklet, 2011, p. 18).
Is this to lead us to believe that Antony has lost his mind along with all traditional Roman values? Moreover, how could a once noble ‘Imperator’ long to spend his days in the company of a domineering woman, since ‘The Roman world did not value romantic love’ (AA100, Reputations, 2011, p.11); yet this passage may suggest that Antony was deeply in love with Cleopatra.
Reflecting upon Plutarch’s initial presentation of Cleopatra, one that seem to be in stark contrast to that frequently expressed about Antony, his description of the Egyptian Queen gives us the image of a woman ‘who may not be blessed with traditional beauty, however, her personality still has the power to captivate all’ (Scott-Kilvert, 1965, p. 294), including Mark Antony?
The general impression he first gives us of Cleopatra may not initially appear negative. But the style in which he...