Today in History: Birth of Mark Antony


On the 14th of January 83 BC, Mark Antony, the famous Roman general and politician, who was later to play a significant role in the Roman Republic’s road to becoming an empire, was born in Rome, Italy.

After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, Antony, Caesar’s adopted son Octavius, and Lepidus joined forces to create what became known as the Second Triumvirate.

This alliance set out to demolish those who had killed Caesar, a goal which was achieved at the Battle of Phillipi in 42 BC, after which the three divided the Republic amongst themselves.

However, this alliance was not to last with Lepidus later being expelled and Antony and Octavius engaging in civil war in 31 BC.

Antony was defeated at the famous Battle of Actium, after which he fled to Egypt with Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and the woman with whom he was engaged in a legendary love affair.

He would later commit suicide in 30 BC (as would Cleopatra) while Octavius, more commonly known as Augustus, would go on to become the father of the Roman Empire.


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