Actium 31 BC: Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra

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Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra

Actium 31 BC: Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra

Campaign 211
Author: Si Sheppard
Illustrator: Christa Hook
Osprey Publishing June 2009; 96 pages
ISBN: 9781846034053

Actium 31 BC: Downfall of Antony and Cleopatra...

I’ve always been a big fan of all battles from ancient times and of all the different forms of conflict man has engaged in naval combat has always been one of my favourites.  Images of hundreds of warships clashing together always comes to mind when I think of this hugely important conflict which was to Finially seal the fate of the Roman Republic and lead to the crowning of it’s first Emperor!  

I’ve read several books about the naval conflict at Actium over the years but most tend to be rather dry (no form of pun intended!) – In contrast SI Sheppard has managed in my opinion to describe the conflict in a way that readers new to the conflict will find exciting and informative
This Campaign book is set up similarly to Ospreys’ other offerings and will be comfortably familiar to anyone who collects the series.  The book is split into several sections – An introduction covering Octavian and Sextus Pompey’s clashes, Mark Antony’s Parthian campaign and the end of the Triumvirate. A small 2 page section on the chronology of events. A section on the opposing commanders briefly covers Octavian, Mark Antony, Marcus Agrippa and Cleopatra. This is followed by a brief look at the weapons used during the period and then talks about the led up to the battle. The last two sections of the book cover the battle itself including some great 3-dimensional “birds eye view” maps that Osprey is well know for, and the aftermath which gives a brief look at the ensuring fall of Egypt and the ending of the republic and the forming of the empire.   The book is filled with colour Maps, Illustrations and plenty of pictures of coins and other items of interest from the time.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it especially to anyone who has an interest in Roman history.

Mark Hazell

Last Updated On Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Blake at Battlefront