Antony, Mark: (83-30 B.C.) Roman general and triumvir. Following the assassination of Julius Caesar, he took charge and established his relationship with Cleopatra.
How shall we be remembered?
I guess it doesn’t cross your mind very much when you’re twenty-one years old. Matter of fact, in your forties, you’re still trying to gain some footing and clarify your position.
But somewhere along the line it occurs to you that you have lived more of your life than you have left to live.
Once you get over this startling realization, you can ask yourself a valuable question: “Three months after I’m dead, if someone mentions my name, what images will it conjure?”
I think about this as I consider Mark Antony.
He obviously was a very powerful fellow. When the Roman Empire went through a brief season of having three “caesars,” he was one of them. Pretty impressive.
Yet what will be his heritage is the fact that he fell helmet over sandals in love with the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra.
She had some sort of magic that allured men her way, and certainly Mark Antony was not immune. So much so that he abandoned his loyalty to Rome and began to believe that it was his mission to conquer the world with his “flower of Egypt.”
Here are the questions he did not ask himself:
- Just because she’s good in bed, does it mean that she knows what to do with an army?
- How much am I giving up to be with this woman?
- Can we actually pull off conquering the world together, or is it just overwrought pillow-talk?
Because bluntly, the union of these two souls who enjoyed each other in a carnal way–Mark Antony and Cleopatra–was quickly brought to nought by the Roman legions.
So how is he remembered?
As a love-sick puppy who ended up looking like a dog.
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