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The Battle of Actium
Transcript of The Battle of Actium
the start of octavians reign as emporer Sources September 2, 31 B.C. The armies Octavian 400 vessels
120,000 men and auxiliary troops Antony and Cleopatra 230 vessels
115,000 men and auxiliary troops The map Reasons Antony was planning to cross over to Italy Until Octavian sailed down to Dalmatia with 100 ships and 120,000 men and auxiliary troops. his right-hand man Agrippa with 300 war galleys cut of Antony's communications by sailing down to the Western Peloponnese and capturing key positions. He then sailed back to Octavian position Before Antony and Octavian supported Caesar and when Caesar died they joined forces to form the second triumvirate. They formed this group to destroy the people that killed Caesar. After they were successful in killing the people against Caesar Lepidus retired to Gaul but the two, Octavian and Antony, split the Roman empire into two sides because they did not like each other. Antony's fatal move was marrying Cleopatra. Octavian used this against his enemy and made a will stating Antony's land goes to Cleopatra's descendants. Antony lost most of his support then and the roman army declared war on Cleopatra. Chesser, Preston. "EHistory.com: The Battle of Actium. "EHistory.com:The Battle of Actium. EHistory, 4 july 2002. Web. 15 2012.