Marc Antony wed Octavian’s sister Octavia in 40 BC. The marriage was arranged to cement a reconciliation between Rome’s three triumvirs following Octavian’s defeat of eight legions led by Antony’s brother Lucius (and largely funded by Antony’s wife Fulvia) against Rome. With the marriage came the treaty of Brundisium that divided Rome into Africa (Lepidus), the West (Octavian), and the East (Antony). Things were not to last, however. Four years later, Antony abandoned the pregnant Octavia and their two daughters and traveled east to Antioch and the border with Parthia. From there, he summoned Cleopatra, the mother of his twin boys to prepare for war against the Parthians. Following a series of military victories in the east that increased Antony and Cleopatra’s power and influence, Antony declared Cleopatra the Queen of Kings and Queen of Egypt. He also declared her son Caesarion as the legitimate son and heir of Julius Caesar. This led to an irreconcilable rift between Antony and Octavian, making military confrontation inevitable.
Bare head of Antony, l., facing r.; and bust of Octavia, r., facing l.
M ANT IMP TER COS DESIG ITER ET TER III VIR R P C
A quadriga of hippocamps to r., surmounted by two drivers (Antony and Octavia?); square objects (astragalus?)
M OPPIVS CAPITO PRO PR PREAF CLASS F C, HS (left), Δ (below)
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