Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the New Astronomy (2018)

In Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare follows Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans from 41 BCE up to the founding of the Roman Empire in 30 BCE. The play is as much a tragedy as it is a historical drama and love story, and it has an unusually large variety of sub-themes. One of these is contemporary cosmology, which is consistent with the play’s allusions to Earth, Sun, Moon, and stars. Sacerdoti argues that the play’s "new heaven, new earth" refers to a passage in the Book of Revelations. We propose that Digges’ model of the New Astronomy is a reasonable alternative.

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Work Title Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the New Astronomy (2018)
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  1. Peter D. Usher
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  1. Antony and Cleopatra
  2. Thomas Digges
  3. New Astronomy
  4. Bruno
  5. Infinite Universe
  6. Shakespeare
License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Work Type Research Paper
Deposited July 29, 2019

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