Mark Antony: the main male character
in the play. Antony struggles with the choice of whether to devote himself to a life of work,
or a life of love. In the beginning of the play, he is the most powerful Roman military leader
and one of the three Roman rulers. He falls in love with Cleopatra, marries Octavia, and makes
an enemy of his fellow ruler, Caesar.
Cleopatra: the Queen of Egypt. Cleopatra is a beautiful and seductive woman who falls in
love with Antony. She is childlike at times, throwing tantrums and having fits of jealousy especially
where Octavia is involved. She is cunning too in her relationships with others.
Octavius Caesar: the nephew and adopted son of
the famous Julius Caesar, who throughout the play is known simply as Caesar. He does not approve
of the relationship Antony has with Cleopatra, and thinks that the military leader should concentrate
his energies on Rome. Though they have fought on the same side for many years, Caesar wages war
against him later causing him to commit suicide. Except when he is with his sister, Octavia, Caesar
is portrayed as a cold, cruel man.
Octavia: Caesar's beloved sister who he marries to Antony in hopes of cementing their relationship.
Because of his pre-existing love for Cleopatra however, the marriage with Octavia does not last long.
Octavia, unlike Cleopatra, is shown to be the perfect Roman woman. She is graceful and obedient
but she lacks Cleopatra's pizzazz.
Ledipus: The third of the Roman leaders. Ledipus lacks power however, which is why Caesar
is able to imprison him later in the play.
Sextus Pompeius (Pompey): A powerful man who the Roman people adore, Pompey waged a war on Caesar
in the early acts of the play, but backed down when Antony came back from Egypt.
Enobarbus: A friend and comrade of Antony, Enobarbus
was with him throughout many of his battles. After Antony made the decision to chase after Cleopatra,
Enobarbus decided that he too should flee from Antony. When Antony discovers this, he sends him
gold that he left behind, thus making him regret leaving. Enobarbus dies with this regret.
Ventidius, Silius, Eros, Canidius,
Scarus, Dercetus, Demetrius, Philo, and The Schoolmaster: All men that serve under Antony.
Charmain, Iras, Alexas, Mardian,
Seleucus, and Diomedes: All people that serve Cleopatra.
Maecenas, Agrippa, Taurus, Thidias, Dollabella, Gallus, Proculeius: Men that serve Caesar.
Menas and Menecrates: Men
that serve and fight with Pompey.