Gaius Octavius Essays

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Gaius Octavius, or later known as Octavian, was the adopted son of Julius Caesar. He took over after Julius died and the republic fell. He belonged to a successful family. His father was the first of his family to become a senator, his mother was the niece of Julius Caesar. They lived in Velitrae. This shows how little of a political background he came from. He traveled with his uncle/ adopted father and learned the ropes of government. He was 18 when he came to Rome to claim his dictatorship. Mark Antony was chief lieutenant at the time (Grant). Augustus Caesar is often a man mistaken for his adoptive father, Julius Caesar, but this man made a name for himself by becoming the first emperor of Rome. He rebuilt Rome from the crumbling …show more content…
Octavian was ill as the battle with the brothers Brutus and Cassius began. Antony took command as Octavian was too ill to travel and fight. (Grant) The Battles at Philippi was a result of Cassius and Brutus leading the scheme to assassinate Julius Caesar. (Sizgorich) Octavian and Mark Antony won the 2 battles and split the land accordingly; Antony got Gaul and the east, Lepidus had Africa, while Octavian still had Italy. (Grant)

Another potential enemy came about, going by the name Sextus Pompeius. He was the grandson of Pompey the Great. He had managed to take control over Sicily and the sea routes, so in an effort to stay clear of making a new enemy, Octavian married Sextus’ kin, Scribonia. Sextus wanted a political relation with Antony, but Antony refused and a treaty was created, called the Brundisium, to create a whole new understanding of the Second Triumvirate between the three, and split the land accordingly again. Octavian was to again take Italy, Antony would have the east, although Lepidus would have Africa. Sextus and Octavian soon went to war and the first battle was disastrous. In 37 B.C. Octavian and Antony arranged to help each other in battle. Antony would provide Octavian with ships and Octavian would provide

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