Year: 1990 Source: Dalhousie Review, v.70, no.1, (Spring 1990), p.5-19 SIEC No: 20010416

Critics have generally agreed that Shakespeare’s version of Cleopatra’s death is very close to that in Plutarch. Much attention has been given to identifying other classical & Renaissance sources which may have influenced Shakespeare. In this essay, Higgins proposes Shakespeare’s source is a mediaeval saint’s life, the Middle English life of Saint Christina. (29 notes)