Octavius is a character who never appears on stage but who nonetheless casts a long shadow. He is Antony’s rival for power in Rome and is described as young, ambitious, and strongly competitive in his quest for rule of “half the world.” He is also proud and quick to take offense at perceived insults to his honor and his family—as indicated by his protectiveness of his sister, Octavia, Antony’s wife. In response to Antony’s abandonment of her, he brings an army against Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt. His ambition ultimately finds full space to flourish after Antony’s suicide and military defeat, thus removing the last obstacle to Octavius’s control of the Roman Empire, which he went on to rule for many decades.
Octavius Quotes in All For Love
The All For Love quotes below are all either spoken by Octavius or refer to Octavius. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of All For Love published in 2004.).
Act 1 Quotes
Act 2 Quotes
Octavius Character Timeline in All For Love
The timeline below shows where the character Octavius appears in All For Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Antony is in a bad state and won’t see anyone. He swings wildly between cursing Octavius and seeming to contemplate suicide. Ventidius assures him that this is just Antony’s nature, which... (full context)
...him from leaving the woman who loves him. He exclaims that he doesn’t care whether Octavius conquers them in battle, since he prefers the pleasure of life with Cleopatra to anything... (full context)
...him feel ashamed. Antony boasts to Ventidius that he has won a military victory against Octavius. Ventidius suggests that Antony try to make peace with Octavius, but Antony refuses, saying that... (full context)
...him to the Romans. In the meantime, he promises to go plead her case with Octavius. Now justifiably suspicious of his advice, Cleopatra refuses and asks Serapion for help. Serapion also... (full context)
...sword and threatens to kill him. Antony once again accuses Cleopatra of betraying him to Octavius. Alexas tells him that Cleopatra is gone, and Antony at first is enraged, thinking she... (full context)
...she hadn’t died earlier (since then Antony might have been able to make peace with Octavius.) Antony, by contrast, is devastated at the revelation that Cleopatra is dead and is now... (full context)