Lead: For thirteen years after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE, Marc Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavian circled around each other seeking ultimate power in the Roman Empire. The issue was decided at Actium.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus was completing his studies at Apollonia (now in Albania) when word came that his great uncle and patron had been murdered in the Senate chamber by conspirators led by Cassius and Brutus. He returned home and found he had been adopted as son and heir by Caesar in the elder’s will. Thus began a fatal struggle with his rival Marc Antony that would last over a decade. Antony’s enemies in the Senate led by Cicero soon allied themselves with Octavian, made the youth a Senator and then Consul, and forced Antony to withdraw with his forces into Gaul which is present day France.

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