ACT 1, Scene 1 At his palace, Theseus, duke of Athens, and
... discuss their wedding, to be held in four days, under the new
moon. Impatient for the event and in a celebratory mood,
Theseus orders Philostrate, his Master of the Revels, to “stir up
the Athenian youth to merriments” and devise entertainments
with which the couple might pass the time until their w ...
A Midsummer Night`s Dream: Plot Overview
... Lysander plan to escape Athens the following night and marry in
the house of Lysander’s aunt, some seven leagues distant from
the city. They make their intentions known to Hermia’s friend
Helena, who was once engaged to Demetrius and still loves him
even though he jilted her after meeting Hermia. Ho ...
The Funeral Games (323 – 276 BCE)
... satraps in the upper satrapies, who suspected Antigonus of
seeking to overthrow the kings who had succeeded Alexander,
would change their minds and willingly submit to his orders
when they saw him clearly taking up the war on his behalf.
Having done this he gave 500 talents to Alexander (i.e. son of ...
Plot Overview Theseus, duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage
... THESEUS, DUKE OF ATHENS, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, queen of the
Amazons, with a four-day festival of pomp and entertainment. He commissions his Master
of the Revels, Philostrate, to find suitable amusements for the occasion. Egeus, an Athenian
nobleman, marches into Theseus’s court ...
The Illyrian Wars were a set of wars fought in the period 229-168 BC between the Roman Republic and the Ardiaei kingdom. In the First Illyrian War, which lasted from 229 BC to 228 BC, Rome's concern with the trade routes running across the Adriatic Sea increased after the First Punic War, when the Ardiaei increased in power under queen Teuta. The death of a Roman envoy named Coruncanius on Teuta's orders and the attack on trading vessels owned by Italian merchants under Rome's protection, prompted the Roman senate to dispatch a Roman army under the command of the consuls Lucius Postumius Albinus and Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus. Rome expelled Illyrian garrisons from the Greek cities Epidamnus, Apollonia, Corcyra, Pharos and others and established a protectorate over these Greek towns. The Romans also set up Demetrius of Pharos as a power in Illyria to counterbalance the power of Teuta.The Second Illyrian War lasted from 220 BC to 219 BC. In 219 BC, the Roman Republic was at war with the Celts of Cisalpine Gaul, and the Second Punic War with Carthage was beginning. These distractions gave Demetrius the time he needed to build a new Illyrian war fleet. Leading this fleet of 90 ships, Demetrius sailed south of Lissus, violating his earlier treaty and starting the war. Demetrius' fleet first attacked Pylos, where he captured 50 ships after several attempts. From Pylos, the fleet sailed to the Cyclades, quelling any resistance that they found on the way. Demetrius foolishly sent a fleet across the Adriatic, and, with the Illyrian forces divided, the fortified city of Dimale was captured by the Roman fleet under Lucius Aemilius Paulus. From Dimale the navy went towards Pharos. The forces of Rome routed the Illyrians and Demetrius fled to Macedon, where he became a trusted councilor at the court of Philip V of Macedon, and remained until his death at Messene in 214 BC.In 171 BC, the Illyrian king Gentius was allied with the Romans against the Macedonians. But, in 169 BC, he changed sides and allied himself with Perseus of Macedon. During the Third Illyrian War, in 168 BC, he arrested two Roman legati and destroyed the cities of Apollonia and Dyrrhachium, which were allied to Rome. He was defeated at Scodra by a Roman force under L. Anicius Gallus, and in 167 brought to Rome as a captive to participate in Gallus' triumph, after which he was interned at Iguvium.