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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.

great battle. While the contest had been going on, the king and queen of 

Egypt, Archelaus and Berenice, were, of course, in the view both of 

Antony and Ptolemy, the two most conspicuous personages in the army of 

their enemies; and while Antony would naturally watch with the greatest 

interest the fate of his friend, the king, Ptolemy, would as naturally 

follow with the highest concern the destiny of his daughter. 

Accordingly, when the battle was over, while the mind of Ptolemy might, 

as we should naturally expect, be chiefly occupied by the fact that his 

_daughter_ was made a captive, Antony's, we might suppose, would be 

engrossed by the tidings that his _friend_ had been slain. 

 

The one rejoiced and the other mourned. Antony sought for the body of 

his friend on the field of battle, and when it was found, he gave 

himself wholly to the work of providing for it a most magnificent 

burial. He seemed, at the funeral, to lament the death of his ancient 

comrade with real and unaffected grief. Ptolemy, on the other hand, was 

overwhelmed with joy at finding his daughter his captive. The 

long-wished-for hour for the gratification of his revenge had come at 

last, and the first use which he made of his power when he was put in 

possession of it at Alexandria was to order his daughter to be beheaded. 


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