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THE VALLEY OF THE NILE.
THE PTOLEMIES.
ALEXANDRIA.
CLEOPATRA'S FATHER.
ACCESSION TO THE THRONE.
CLEOPATRA AND Caesar.
THE ALEXANDRINE WAR.
CLEOPATRA A QUEEN.
THE BATTLE OF PHILIPPI.
CLEOPATRA AND ANTONY.
THE BATTLE OF ACTIUM.
THE END OF CLEOPATRA.

his insanity, rising sometimes to fearful excitement, in paroxysms of 

uncontrollable rage, and then sinking again for a time into the stupor 

of despair. 

 

In the mean time, the ships were passing down as rapidly as possible on 

the western coast of Greece. When they reached Taenarus, the southern 

promontory of the peninsula, it was necessary to pause and consider what 

was to be done. Cleopatra's women went to Antony and attempted to quiet 

and calm him. They brought him food. They persuaded him to see 

Cleopatra. A great number of merchant ships from the ports along the 

coast gathered around Antony's little fleet and offered their services. 

His cause, they said, was by no means desperate. The army on the land 

had not been beaten. It was not even certain that his fleet had been 

conquered. They endeavored thus to revive the ruined commander's sinking 

courage, and to urge him to make a new effort to retrieve his fortunes. 

But all was in vain. Antony was sunk in a hopeless despondency. 

Cleopatra was determined on going to Egypt, and he must go too. He 

distributed what treasure remained at his disposal among his immediate 

followers and friends, and gave them advice about the means of 

concealing themselves until they could make peace with Octavius. Then, 

giving up all as lost, he followed Cleopatra across the sea to 

Alexandria. 


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