Marc Antony And Julius Caesar

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Ancient Roman politician and army general Marcus Antonius (Marc Antony in English; 83–30 B.C.E), was an ally of Julius Caesar. Although Antony played a significant role in turning Rome from a republic to an empire, his efforts have been overshadowed by Caesar’s achievements as the head general. A direct descendant of the great Roman Emperors Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, Marc Antony was destined to be a leader. Much of Ancient Roman history revolves around Julius Caesar’s dictatorship—and everything seemed to cease after his assassination. After Caesar’s death, Marc Antony actually went on to lead much of the Roman Empire before his suicide with Cleopatra in 30 B.C.E.

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist, was quoted to saying that Mark Antony’s “open and lavish hand in gifts and favors to his friends and fellow-soldiers, did a great deal for him in his first advance to power” despite his hedonism. This enabled Antony to be of assistance to Caesar in the conquest of Gaul and promoted his subsequent rise to power.

Caesar's death brought a chaotic grab for power among several factions - the establishing of Antony’s empire was at the expense of Caesar’s then nineteen-year-old heir, Gaius Octavius Thurinus
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This helped empower not only the public, but also helped Antony bring a stable and competent rule all whilst having the public support. He set up the Second Triumvirate and brought Egypt closely into the fold with Rome. Here, Egypt, being so vital because of its grain production, was a sort of necessity to form an alliance with. Further, without Antony, there could have been a turn back to a possible Republican style government. Although he did have a disagreement with Octavian, Antony supported a Caesar-style government, which was an

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