Cydnus


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Cydnus

(ˈsɪdnəs)
n
(Placename) the ancient name for the (River) Tarsus
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For instance, Enobarbus's famous, rhapsodic recollection of Cleopatra's perfumed passage down the river Cydnus modifies Plutarch in ways that telegraph how he has been changed by what he has witnessed.
Here are examples of characteristic lines from earlier and later Shakespeare: Madam, good hope: his grace speaks cheerfully (Richard III, 1.3.4) and And Cydnus swelled above the banks, or for (The press of boats ...) (Cymbeline, 2.4.71).
Then a pastiche or rewriting of Enobarbus's description of Cleopatra's "apparition" in her barge on the river Cydnus (Antony and Cleopatra, 2.2.198-233) is added to those reminiscences, thus making the whole passage a rich Shakespearean palimpsest.