• Enter AGRIPPA, MECAENAS, and CAESAR

    CAESAR

    Contemning Rome, he has done all this and more
    In Alexandria. Here’s the manner of ’t:
    I’ th’ marketplace, on a tribunal silvered,
    Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
    5Were publicly enthroned. At the feet sat
    Caesarion, whom they call my father’s son,
    And all the unlawful issue that their lust
    Since then hath made between them. Unto her
    He gave the stablishment of Egypt, made her
    10Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
    Absolute Queen.

    MAECENAS

                                      This in the public eye?

    CAESAR

    I’ th’ common showplace, where they exercise.
    His sons he there proclaimed the kings of kings:
    Great Media, Parthia, and Armenia
    15He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assigned
    Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia. She
    In th’ habiliments of the goddess Isis
    That day appeared, and oft before gave audience,
    As ’tis reported, so.

    MAECENAS

    20Let Rome be thus informed.

    AGRIPPA

    Who, queasy with his insolence already,
    Will their good thoughts call from him.
  • AGRIPPA, MAECENAS, and CAESAR enter.

    CAESAR

    In Alexandria he condemned Rome, and that’s not all. This is what happened: he and Cleopatra sat on chairs of gold on a silver-covered stage in the marketplace. Caesarion—whom they call my father’s son—and all their illegitimate children sat at their feet. Antony confirmed her possession of Egypt and made her absolute Queen of lower Syria, Cyprus, and Lydia.

    Caesarion—whom they call my father’s son—

    Julius Caesar was Octavius Caesar’s adopted father (biologically, he was his uncle).

    MAECENAS

    He did this in public?

    CAESAR

    In the public arena, where they perform sporting events. He proclaimed his sons to be kings of kings. He gave Media, Parthia, and Armenia to Alexander. He gave Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia to Ptolemy. Cleopatra was dressed like the goddess Isis. They say she often attended her public functions like that.

    MAECENAS

    Let’s send this news to Rome.

    AGRIPPA

    The Roman people are fed up with his arrogance already. They’ll abandon him completely when they hear this.