Explanatory Notes for Act 1, Scene 5
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
4. Mandragora. Mandrake, a plant inducing sleep.
27. Wot'st. Knowest thou.
28. Demi-Atlas. The Atlas who holds up half the world.
Atlas was one of the Titans, or race of giants, who made war
upon Zeus and, as a punishment, was condemned to bear up
the heavens on his shoulders.
29. Burgonet. A kind of helmet first worn by the
33. Phoebus. God of the sun. That is, tanned by the
34. In time. By time.
34. Broad-fronted. With a wide forehead.
37. Grow. That is, fix them on my face.
38. Aspect. Countenance.
42. Medicine. The famous elixir of the old alchemists
that was supposed to turn base metal into gold.
47. Orient. Eastern; that is, bright, radiant.
50. Firm. That is, constant.
51. Foot. In addition to which.
53. Opulent. Commanding many kingdoms.
55. [arm-gaunt]. The
word in the folio is "arm-gaunt," an obvious misprint. Some editions read "rampaunt."
[The word is likely "arrogant."]
57. Beastly. A peculiar adverbial use of the word.
67. Mingle. Mixture. The word is here a noun.
69. Post. Messengers.
70. Several. Separate.
71. Thick. So many in succession.
78. Emphasis. Emphatic praise.
82. Paragon. Here a verb, meaning to compare favorably.
86. Salad. Youthful, green.
86. Cold. That is, you are cold in blood.
91. Unpeople. By sending everybody as a messenger.
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Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. Ed. M. Eaton. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1908. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/antony_1_5.html >.