Act 3 - Scene 6
Rome. OCTAVIUS CAESAR's house.
Enter OCTAVIUS CAESAR, AGRIPPA, and MECAENAS
Contemning Rome, he has done all this, and more,
In Alexandria: here's the manner of 't:
I' the market-
place, on a tribunal silver'd,
Cleopatra and himself in chairs of gold
Were publicly enthroned: at the feet
Caesarion, whom they call my father's son,
And all the unlawful issue that their lust
Since then hath
made between them. Unto her
He gave the stablishment of Egypt; made her
Of lower Syria, Cyprus, Lydia,
This in the public eye?
I' the common show-place, where they exercise.
His sons he there proclaim'd the kings of kings:
Media, Parthia, and Armenia.
He gave to Alexander; to Ptolemy he assign'd
Syria, Cilicia, and Phoenicia: she
the habiliments of the goddess Isis
That day appear'd; and oft before gave audience,
As 'tis reported, so.
Let Rome be thus Inform'd.
Who, queasy with his insolence
Already, will their good thoughts call from him.
The people know it; and have now received
Who does he accuse?
Caesar: and that, having in Sicily
Sextus Pompeius spoil'd, we had not rated him
His part o' the isle: then
does he say, he lent me
Some shipping unrestored: lastly, he frets
That Lepidus of the triumvirate
be deposed; and, being, that we detain
All his revenue.
Sir, this should be answer'd.
'Tis done already, and the messenger gone.
I have told him, Lepidus was grown too cruel;
That he his
high authority abused,
And did deserve his change: for what I have conquer'd,
I grant him part; but then, in
And other of his conquer'd kingdoms, I
Demand the like.
He'll never yield to that.
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