Plutarke on Cleopatra

Plutarch's Lives must have impressed Shakespeare. In Antony and Cleopatra (below) it's clear how much he lifted from his copy (clippings, right):

"the barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold; purple the sails... the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke." (Act 2, Scene 2)

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Clippings from Plutarch: "her barge in the river of Cydnus ... poope whereof was of gold ... sailes of purple ... oares of silver ... musicke of flutes."
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