Serapion is one of the priests of the Temple of Isis and a figure of significant political influence at Cleopatra’s court. He is gravely concerned about the Roman invasion and the future of Egypt as an independent kingdom. When Antony and Cleopatra’s ships turn against them and side with Octavius, he advises Cleopatra to hide in her monument—where she later commits suicide. Serapion can be opportunist; for instance, he arrests Alexas and blames him for the ills in Egypt, hoping to use him as a bargaining chip to buy his freedom from the conqueror Octavius. However, he also seems to genuinely care for Antony and Cleopatra, as demonstrated by his speech when he views their bodies and hopes that they have ascended into heaven.
Serapion Character Timeline in All For Love
The timeline below shows where the character Serapion appears in All For Love. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...which Antony is watching from the top of the Pharos. They hear a cry, and Serapion bursts in, shouting that everything is lost and Egypt is vanquished. Cleopatra assumes they have... (full context)
...plead her case with Octavius. Now justifiably suspicious of his advice, Cleopatra refuses and asks Serapion for help. Serapion also advises that she hide in the monument but suggests that they... (full context)