Antony and Cleopatra

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Sextus Pompey Character Analysis

The son of Pompey the Great, and an enemy of Lepidus, Octavius, and Antony. As a common enemy of all three members of the triumvirate, he ensures the continuing alliance between Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus. However, once he is out of the picture, the triumvirate crumbles, and its members turn on each other.

Sextus Pompey Quotes in Antony and Cleopatra

The Antony and Cleopatra quotes below are all either spoken by Sextus Pompey or refer to Sextus Pompey. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Antony and Cleopatra published in 2005.
Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

My powers are crescent, and my auguring hope
Says it will come to the full. Mark Antony
In Egypt sits at dinner, and will make
No wars without doors: Caesar gets money where
He loses hearts: Lepidus flatters both,
Of both is flatter'd; but he neither loves,
Nor either cares for him.

Related Characters: Sextus Pompey (speaker), Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar, Lepidus
Page Number: 2.1.13-19
Explanation and Analysis:

Here Pompey, a rebel and the enemy of the co-consuls Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar, and Lepidus, discusses the situation in Rome with his generals. His comments reveal just how tangled and twisted the political reality of the Roman Empire really is right now. Pompey notes how Antony is currently wasting himself in Egypt, how Caesar is greedy and uncharismatic, and how the weak Lepidus attempts to "flatter" both other leaders, even though none of the three actually like each other.

Although Pompey is of course inclined to think of his enemies as disconnected and dysfunctional, his words still paint a troubling picture of the Roman Empire's leaders. Jealous and power-hungry men, they are supposed to rule together, and yet actually are constantly seeking to undermine each other.

In this environment, Antony's love for Cleopatra is a huge handicap. It gives him a weakness for his fellow leaders to exploit, and takes his attention away from the power games that all those around him are playing. 

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Sextus Pompey Character Timeline in Antony and Cleopatra

The timeline below shows where the character Sextus Pompey appears in Antony and Cleopatra. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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...says he has business at Rome that “cannot endure my absence.” He says that Sextus Pompey, the son of Pompey the Great, has been gaining power. Enobarbus goes to make preparations... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 4
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...must deal with the difficult situation at Rome. A messenger arrives and tells Octavius that Pompey is “strong at sea,” and gaining support from those who are afraid of Octavius. Another... (full context)
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...Rome. Octavius and Lepidus part, agreeing to meet the next day to discuss strategy regarding Pompey. (full context)
Act 1, Scene 5
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...has enraptured former lovers with her beauty: Julius Caesar and one of the sons of Pompey the Great (a brother of Sextus Pompey). Alexas enters, bearing a pearl and a message... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Pompey discusses his prospects in Rome’s civil strife with two followers, Menas and Menecrates, thinking that... (full context)
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Pompey says this must be false, as he is sure that they are in Rome waiting... (full context)
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Pompey worries that Antony’s soldiers are twice as dangerous as those of Octavius and Lepidus, but... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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...between Antony and Octavius, telling them to put aside their personal differences to deal with Pompey. Octavius is upset with Antony for spending so much time in Egypt and because his... (full context)
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...Antony and Octavius to stop arguing so that they can deal with the threat of Pompey. (full context)
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Enobarbus agrees, noting that they can take up their dispute again once Pompey is dealt with. Antony tells him to be quiet, and Enobarbus says he forgot “that... (full context)
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Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius now turn their attention to Pompey, who is at Mount Misena, south of Rome. Before preparing their forces, though, Antony and... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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Lepidus speaks with Agrippa and Maecenas as they prepare to fight Pompey. They plan to meet at Mount Misena. Lepidus says that he has business that will... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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Pompey, Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus meet to try to come to a truce before fighting. Pompey... (full context)
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Pompey accepts their offer: he will have control of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, provided... (full context)
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Pompey invites everyone aboard his boat, and everyone but Enobarbus and Menas leaves. The two men... (full context)
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...and this will upset Octavius. Menas and Enobarbus leave together to join the feast with Pompey, Lepidus, Antony, and Octavius. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 7
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Aboard, Pompey’s boat, a great feast is taking place. Servants discuss how drunk everyone is getting, especially... (full context)
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Menas finally gets Pompey to leave the table and they speak privately. Menas tells him that he could kill... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...house, one of his followers named Eros tells Enobarbus that Octavius and Lepidus have defeated Pompey, but that then Octavius did not let Lepidus “partake in the glory of the action,”... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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...also publicly accused Octavius of denying his rightful share of the spoils from recently defeating Pompey (including part of Sicily). Octavius says that he will only give Antony his share if... (full context)