n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Sossius, Talbot and the Parthian scene in

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Students of Shakespeare may be forgiven for overlooking the part played by Sossius in . An historical figure of some note in Josephus, he finds scant mention in North, Shakespeare's major source, as a fellow lieutenant of Ventidius, and has only an attenuated role in Act 3 Scene 1 as an exemplar of his "grand captain's" (3.1.9) jealousy. In fact he does not even appear, and the use his name is put to exceeds what history records. But it is important, for it reveals Antony's limitations even when he is militarily triumphant.

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