Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus

By Lindsay Powell

Marcus Agrippa personified the time period 'right-hand man'. As Emperor Augustus' deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and performed an important position in laying the rules of the Pax Romana for the following 200 years - yet he served consistently within the wisdom he may by no means rule in his personal identify. Why he did so, and not grasped energy completely for himself, has confused historians for hundreds of years.

In his teenagers he shaped a lifelong friendship with Julius Caesar's nice nephew, Caius Octavius, which might switch international background. Following Caesar’s assassination at the Ides of March forty four BC, Agrippa used to be instrumental in saying his friend’s rights because the dictator's inheritor. He validated a name as a daring admiral, defeating Sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus (36 BC), culminating within the epoch-making conflict of Actium (31 BC), which eradicated Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra as opponents. He proved his genius for army command on land via finishing bloody rebellions within the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania and Illyricum.

In Gaul Agrippa proven the important street community that helped flip Julius Caesar’s conquests into possible provinces. As a diplomat, he befriended Herod the nice of Judaea and stabilized the East. As minister of works he overhauled Rome's drains and aqueducts, reworked public bathing within the urban, created public parks with nice artistic endeavors and outfitted the unique Pantheon.

Agrippa grew to become co-ruler of the Roman Empire with Augustus and married his daughter Julia. His 3 sons have been followed by means of his good friend as strength heirs to the throne. Agrippa's unforeseen dying in 12 BC left Augustus bereft, yet his bloodline lived on within the imperial kin, via Agrippina the Elder to his grandson Caligula and nice grandson Nero.

MARCUS AGRIPPA is lucidly written through the writer of the acclaimed biographies longing for Glory and Germanicus. Illustrated with colour plates, figures and prime quality maps, Lindsay Powell provides a penetrating new overview of the existence and achievements of the multifaceted guy who placed provider to buddy and state ahead of himself.


“A gripping, completely researched and highly notable biography of a key participant within the transition from the Roman Republic to Augustus's Empire'.
– Saul David, collage of Buckingham, writer of battle: From historical Egypt to Iraq.

“Augustus' ascent and reign are unthinkable with out Marcus Agrippa. strangely, there was no biography of Agrippa in English for a few 80 years. Powell's booklet admirably fills this hole and may be crucial for someone with a major curiosity during this an important historic period.”

– Karl Galinsky, collage of Texas at Austin, writer of Augustus: advent to the lifetime of an Emperor.

“Marcus Agrippa was once certainly one of history’s so much interesting right-hand males. Few performed a better function within the emperor Augustus’ luck. In energetic prose, and with a fingertip suppose for Roman politics and conflict, Lindsay Powell brings Agrippa to life.”
– Barry Strauss, Cornell college, writer of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership.

Powell describes Agrippa as a faithful aide and critical deputy with out whom Augustus may by no means have received the civil conflict to take strength or governed so effectively for therefore lengthy. He used to be a skilled common on land and an excellent admiral at sea, he says, a realistic diplomat, a hard-working public respectable, a beneficiant philanthropist, and an in depth good friend and modern of the emperor. between his subject matters are the hot guy in Rome, mastermind of victory at Actium, statesman of the Roman international, the noblest guy of his day, and assessment.

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14; Suet. , Div. Aug. 17. three. four. Dio fifty one. four. 6. five. Dio fifty one. four. 7–8: it was once an ironic reversal of the proscriptions. 6. Dio fifty one. five. 1. 7. Caesar’s direction used to be through the Diolkos, Dio fifty one. five. 2: The Diolkos was once an old trackway or proto-railway used to pull ships overland around the narrowest a part of the Isthmus of Corinth. simply 6. 4km (4 miles) lengthy, the Diolkos attached the Corinthian Gulf to the Saronic Gulf, representing a substantial saving over the 400km (250 miles) lengthy trip round the Peloponnese. It additionally decreased the danger of encountering a perilous climate occasion, which may be 25–35 in keeping with cent in summer time and as much as forty according to cent in iciness.

Civ. five. 116: ‘αἳ φόβῳ μάλιστα Ἀγρίππου πῦρ διηνεκὲς ἔκαιον ὡς ἐμπρήσοντες τοὺς ἐπιπλέοντας ’. 109. App. , Bell. Civ. five. 116–117. a hundred and ten. Dio forty nine. eight. five. 111. App. , Bell. Civ. five. 117. 112. App. , Bell. Civ. five. 118. 113. App. , Bell. Civ. five. 119: ‘ἐλθούσης δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας πρῶτα μὲν ἦν ἐρετῶν ἅμιλλα καὶ βοή, καὶ βέλη τὰ μὲν ἐκ μηχανῆς, τὰ δ᾽ ἀπὸ χειρῶν, ὅσα λίθοι καὶ πυρφόρα καὶ τοξεύματα. μετὰ δὲ αἱ νῆες αὐταὶ συνερρήγνυντο ἀλλήλαις, αἱ μὲν εἰς τὰ πλάγια, αἱ δὲ κατ᾽ ἐπωτίδας, αἱ δὲ ἐπὶ τοὺς ἐμβόλους, ἔνθα μάλιστά εἰσιν αἱ πληγαὶ βίαιοι τινάξαι τε τοὺς ἐπιβάτας καὶ τὴν ναῦν ἀργοτέραν ἐργάσασθαι.

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