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Antony and Cleopatra Characters

Lepidus is one of the triumvirs of Rome. Disregarded by the other two, Antony and Caesar, he is either a buffoon or a decent man caught in the wrong job, depending on how he is played.

He attempts to make Antony and Caesar friends again, and genuinely wishes for peace between them. Unfortunately he is caught between the two, and will end up crushed by them. He cannot hold his liquor, and when drunk is very credulous. He is unfailingly polite, and during the banquet on Pompey’s ship never refuses another glass of wine even though he knows he shouldn’t. During the confrontation with Pompey he steps in to stop the posturing and get down to business. Enobarbus and Agrippa mock his expressions of friendship to the other two leaders. Caesar disposes of him off-stage, accusing him of having collaborated with Pompey, and having him killed.

 

 

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