American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Mark Antony Originally Marcus Antonius. 83?-30 B.C. Roman orator, politician, and soldier. His love affair with Cleopatra split the triumvirate he had formed with Octavian and Lepidus and led to war. In 31 B.C. the forces of Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian at Actium, and both subsequently committed suicide.
- n. Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)
“Herod did not inform Mark Antony that Antigonus was already dickering with Parthian envoys for the things he coveted—the Jewish throne and the high priesthood; he was not very interested in these furtive dealings or the Sanhedrin mood.”
“Little Ptolemy Philadelphus, on the other hand, was Mark Antony from head to feet: big, thickset, reddish hair and eyes, the nose that strove to meet the chin across a small, full mouth.”
“On the second day of September, Mark Antony came out of the Bay of Ambracia in six squadrons, leading the northernmost one himself.”
“So few of us, so few! she thought as she tenderly inserted Mark Antony into his ivory curule chair.”
“Thus it was a very contented Cleopatra who kissed Mark Antony good-bye at Zeugma, and commenced the long land trek back to Egypt; though she might have sailed, she had good reason not to.”
“Mark Antony had been remarkably sober since marching for the East, but the sixty men in his entourage had expected that Nicomedia would see Antony the Sybarite erupt.”
“If a member of the Judson Welliver Society of former White House speechwriters were writing an opening for Mark Antony today, it would have to be “Friends, Romans, fellow citizens”—perhaps followed by the nonmetaphoric “lend me your auditory facility.””
“His petition to the Senate to appoint him King of the Jews was properly presented in the Senaculum before a senatorial gathering that numbered slightly over a quorum only because of his liberal largesse and the presence of Mark Antony at his side.”
“Life in Athens was pleasant, especially since Mark Antony had patched up his differences with Titus Pomponius Atticus, the most treasured Roman in Athens, witness his cognomen of Atticus, which meant Athenian at heart.”
“Cleopatra patted Cinna on the arm and started to walk to the cove, where she could see the hunched figure of Mark Antony sitting with his arms around his knees and his chin on his hands.”
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