Octavian and Marc Antony- The Duel of Words and Deeds

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First joining together during the Second Triumvirate, these men represented the true power players of Roman politics. As their alliance fractured, both Romans resorted to propaganda to gain an edge over the other. Through insulting the other and polishing their own image, both Antony and Octavian looked to capture absolute Roman dominance. Even before their eventual war in 32 B.C.E., the men engaged in a duel of words in deeds. This paper will first overview the formation and disintegration of Second Triumvirate between Marc Antony, Marcus Lepidus, and Octavian. Its main portion will divulge the devious propaganda, leading up to the war in 32 B.C.E., used by Marc Antony and Octavian to destroy the other politically. Plutarch's Antony and Suetonius' The Lives of the Caesars- The Deified Augustus(De Vita Caesarum - Divus Augustus) will serve as our main guide to this war of image. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, Marcus Lepidus, and Octavian met in October 43 BC to join together, rule the entire government of Rome, and the control the Roman provinces. In power, they were equal to the consuls and had the right to select magistrates. The triumvirs' mission, during their first five year term, can be broken down into three objectives: to "pursue and punish the…
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