Four observations on Mark Antony and the triumviral narrative

Große Beilage, Mareile

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: The Ancient History Bulletin = Revue d'Histoire Ancienne = Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte
Volume: 33
Issue number: 3/4
Page range: 142-148
Place of publication: Chicago, IL [u.a.]
Publishing house: Loyola Univ., Dep. of Classical Studies
ISSN: 0835-3638
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Alte Geschichte, Archäologie (Mann 2011-)
Subject: 930 History of the ancient world to ca. 499, archaeology
Keywords (English): Marcus Antonius, Second Triumvirate, Perusine War, Cleopatra, coinage, augur
Abstract: This short article adds some observations about the agenda of Mark Antony during the triumviral period. Matching numismatic and literary evidence,a strong case can be made for Antony actively supporting his family’s agitation against Octavian from 41-40 BCE. If the imagery on coins is taken seriously as a well-thought-out statement designed to express authority and ensure loyalty, it can further be argued that Antony’s close link to Cleopatra was not, per se problematic for a Roman audience but rather used to present Antony as a powerful, well-funded general. The prominence of Antony’s role as augur on the legionary denarii clarifies that Antony, contrary to the claims of his enemies, had remained well aware of Roman sentiments. In the decisive confrontation with a Roman rival (Octavian), the Antonian faction expected Antony's priestly title to give him a type of authority that the mentioning of his victories as imperator would not have had.

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