The Battle Of The Second Triumvirate

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The Battle of Philippi was the last fought battle of the wars of the second Triumvirate. These wars were a fight between the forces of Marc Antony and Octavian of the Second Triumvirate, and the forces of Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Brutus and Cassius were the assassinators of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and Octavian were very close allies with Julius Caesar and Octavian would become the heir to his throne after the assassination. Because of this, Marc Antony and Octavian would wage a war against Brutus and Cassius to avenge their ally Julius Caesar. Immediately following the assassination of Caesar, Brutus and Cassius fled to Italy to take control of the Eastern provinces. The three main Caesarian leaders, Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus established the second triumvirate, building troops to destroy Brutus and Cassius’ forces. This second Triumvirate was an army built from many armies from the west, which Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus had control of. The main goal of the triumvirate was to avenge the death of Caesar, but it was also to gain control of the Roman world. After building their army, they decided that Lepidus would stay in Rome while Octavian and Marc Antony headed west to seek the enemy. They took with them 28 of their best legions to Northern Greece. After getting across the Adriatic Sea, the triumvirate sent out a scouting force headed by Norbanus and Saxa. They traveled on the Via Egnatia and tried to find the Liberators army. They passed…
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