1. ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (1606)
Roman military leader Marc Antony falls for Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and neglects Rome, angering Caesar. When Antony’s wife dies, he returns to Rome, marrying Caesar’s sister Octavia to make amends. Caesar declares war with Egypt. During a battle at sea, Antony fights on Cleopatra’s side – but she flees mid-battle, he follows, and they are defeated. Antony accuses Cleopatra of treachery. Furious, she sends a message that she’s dead; Antony tries to kill himself and dies in her arms. Cleopatra kills herself by clasping an asp to her chest.
In a quote:
"Eternity was in our lips and eyes / bliss in our brows bent” (Cleopatra 1:3)