Actium 31 BC

Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra

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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, 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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Orders of battle/Opposing Plans/The campaign/The battles/Aftermath/The battlefields today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published Jun 23 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846034053
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 51 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 211
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Si Sheppard

London-born Si Sheppard completed his Bachelors an…


Christa Hook

CHRISTA HOOK began her illustrating career in 1986…


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