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Should Augustus Have Been The First Emperor?

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Mark Antony was a very noble Roman, but he did not deserve to be disliked by Octavius. He deserved to rule Rome after the assassination of Caesar. Octavius was Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew, and heir to the throne of Rome. Antony seemed closer to Caesar than Octavius did, so Antony had the power to rule with Octavius. Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus ruled Rome together due to the Second Triumvirate. Many factors led into why Antony was better set to rule Rome after Caesar, but none of the factors should have led to Antony killing himself.

Mark Antony was first became acquaintances with Caesar around 51 B.C. Antony was appointed as one of Caesar’s officers. While Antony was getting close to ...view middle of the document...

Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus came together despite their differences, and defeated the traitors at the Battle of Philippi. This was the beginning of the Second Triumvirate.

Soon afterwards, the tensions were sparked again. Antony traveled to Egypt, to pursue a romantic relationship with Cleopatra, while his wife and brother rebelled against Octavius’ rule. Antony traveled back to Rome, not knowing that his wife had died. Octavius, known now as Augustus, was now related to Antony. At the current time of their relation, Augustus was known as the patriarch of Rome, being their first emperor. Antony accused Octavian of being “usurper, forging evidence of his adoption by Caesar” (“Mark Antony”). Octavian responded to the insult by saying Antony had “low morals for leaving his wife for Cleopatra” (“Mark Antony”). Once Fulva died, Antony married Octavia, Augustus’ sister. Soon after the marriage, Antony traveled back to Egypt to continue his relationship with Cleopatra. Augustus found out about this, and accused Antony of having low morals. Antony then accused Augustus of taking power by force. This resulted in a war, which Augustus won. Antony was a wise man, trying to get the Egyptian army to fight for him.

Though Antony fled to Cleopatra, he was still capable of being a leader. He was being hunted down by Augustus and his...

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