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The Rise And Fall Of Marc Antony

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There is much to be said about classical Rome, with all the ancient city-states and notable historic figures like Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Augustus. The Roman Empire, which was formerly called the Roman Republic, favored aristocracy and maintained a government staffed by aristocrats who advised on policy and selected magistrates, with the senate serving as the center of Roman political life. Rome also had many military commanders who helped expand Roman territory and wealth by conquering lands, enslaving prisoners, and establishing trade; however, this disgruntled some Romans who didn’t like the fact that foreigners were gaining Roman citizenship. Consequently, larger gaps of difference between the rich and poor grew, making it difficult for Rome to maintain a balanced constitution, which created much political unrest in Rome. Even with all the political mayhem in Rome, one man was able to rise up from being a misguided youth, to become a prominent military leader, and ultimately, after death becoming a world-renowned historic figure. His name was Marc Antony.
Marcus Antonius (Marc Antony) was born in 83 B.C, in Rome, to parents Marcus Antonius Creticus and Julia Caesar (Julius Caesar’s cousin). Antony was born during a period, in the first century of the Roman Republic, which was marked by many social wars (91B.C. – 71B.C.). During this time, Antony was a youth with a very promising future, with socially elite parents and access to a good education. However, his future became shaken when he met his childhood friend Curio, who turned Antony unto a lifestyle filled with women, drinking, and gambling (Bio.com). So much so, that at an early age Antony owed a gambling debt of 250 talents (Plutarch). Staff at Ancient.edu, points out that, 250 talents is equivalent to $5 million in today’s currency! This enormous debt led to Antony fleeing the country in 58B.C. and heading east to Greece. In Greece, Antony briefly studied oratory and later began fighting in his mother’s cousin Julius Caesars’ army. Antony performed well in his military campaigns in Judea, gaining recognition and status (Bio.com). He was also well liked by his friends and generals on his military campaigns in Syria, this also helped him move up the ranks (Plutarch). In 52-50B.C, Antony became a staff director to Julius Caesar while helping him acquire new land and providences under Roman control. Since Antony was such a successful military commander, Julius Caesar appointed him tribune, or representative of the people, of Rome. Antony continued to help Caesar fight and acquire new land, even while there was much political unrest in Rome, among the aristocrats, with the leadership skills of Caesar. Antony’s courage and continued military success later compelled Caesar to move him up to Second in Command. This was just the power and position Antony wanted and needed. Antony managed to survive a troubled adolescence to become a young man who exemplified near military excellence. Now that...

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