Actium 31 BC: Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra

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Osprey's examination of the Battle of Actium, which was the decisive confrontation of the Final War of the Roman Republic (32-30 BC). In 32 BC, the Roman Republic declared war on Egypt and set in motion a chain of events that would tear the Republic apart. In Rome, the forces of the western republic were marshaled together under Octavian (the future Emperor Augustus) and Marcus Agrippa. In the east, armies were gathered under the leadership of the famous lovers, ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of the Battle of Actium, which was the decisive confrontation of the Final War of the Roman Republic (32-30 BC). In 32 BC, the Roman Republic declared war on Egypt and set in motion a chain of events that would tear the Republic apart. In Rome, the forces of the western republic were marshaled together under Octavian (the future Emperor Augustus) and Marcus Agrippa. In the east, armies were gathered under the leadership of the famous lovers, Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

On September 2, 31 BC, the forces of Octavian and Marcus Agrippa managed to trap their enemies in the Gulf of Actium. Although Anthony and Cleopatra managed to escape, their army and navy, along with their hopes for victory were crushed. A few months later, the lovers would commit suicide. Their death saw the end of the war and the end of the Roman Republic. Now wielding supreme power, Octavian declared himself Emperor.

Actium has remained one of the most famous battles of the Ancient World thanks to its colorful cast of characters that have been reinvented by the writings of Shakespeare and the stars of the silver screen. This new book tells the true story of the decisive and bloody battle that would once and for all seal the fate of the Roman Republic.

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"This book by Si Sheppard covers the campaigns of Octavian and the other two members of the Triumverate that led up to the final battle at Actium. We get a good look at the opposing commanders through the eyes of those who wrote about them during this time and how their armies performed. The rest of the book is on the preface battles on land in Greece that led to the final sea battle at Actium and the results of that battle.Throughout the book are the illustrations of Christa Hook as well as photographs of artifacts of the time and the actual location of the battle field, so to speak. This all melds together to make a superb book on the subject. One that I found both interesting and entertaining. I'm sure you will as well and I can easily recommend it to you." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (August 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034053
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Si Sheppard graduated this year with a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He currently teaches American Government at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. This is his second Osprey title in a projected trilogy detailing the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Empire.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

The situation in the west

The first clash between Octavian and Sextus

The second clash between Octavian and Sextus

Octavian consolidates the west

Events in the east

Antony's Parthian campaign

The end of the Triumvirate

Chronology 35

Opposing Commanders 37

Opposing Armies 43

Logistics and tactics

Missile weapons

Ramming and boarding

The Approach to Actium 54

Confrontation in Greece

The Battle of Actium 61

The fleets embark

Battle is joined

The breakout

Antony's defeat

The Aftermath 86

The fall of Egypt

From republic to empire

Visiting the Sites Today 93

Bibliography 94

Index 95

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