The final, turbulent days of the Roman Republic are some of the most thrilling pages of the world’s history, and also very important. In this period, many influential figures had their role to play in deciding the fate of the most powerful empire of the time. One such figure is the famed Mark Antony – a Roman politician, a general, triumvir, consul, tribune, and magister – a man of many skills and great influence.
A crucial cog in the complex mechanism of the downfall of the Roman Republic, Mark Antony was truly a man like no other. His story went from ambition to abyss and shows us a glimpse into the life and mind of a truly capable man, a man with ravenous political appetites. Join us today as we revisit the final days of the Roman Republic and retrace the steps of Mark Antony – one of history’s greatest figures.
From Trouble to Success: The Early Youth of Mark Antony
The Antonia gens, the lineage, and family into which Mark Antony was born in 83 BC, was ancient and distinguished, but even so, it was plebeian. This was the ‘lower’ social cast in ancient Rome, with the upper being the patrician caste. This included all the families of noble and historic backgrounds, while the plebs were all those Roman citizens of mostly ordinary distinguishing.
But even so, the Antonia gens was reputable and had several prominent figures in its past. Mark Antony’s own grandfather was Marcus Antonius Orator – one of the most skilled orators of his age, who was executed as a consequence of the first civil war of Lucius Cornelius Sulla.