Philippi 42 BC

The death of the Roman Republic

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Philippi 42 BC

The death of the Roman Republic

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Immortalized in Shakespeare's play on the life and death of Julius Caesar, the battle of Philippi was the final battle between the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian against the forces of Caesar's assassins Brutus and Longinus during the Roman civil wars that took place in the 40s and 30s BC. Si Sheppard takes a detailed look at the campaign that was waged around the Macedonian city of Philipi. The first engagement on the 3rd of October was indecisive as Octavian's forces were routed by those of Brutus, but Cassius' camp was captured by Mark Antony's men; wrongly fearing that Brutus was dead and that all was lost for his cause, Cassius committed suicide - depriving the Republicans of their most gifted commander. In the meantime, the Republicans' naval forces had managed to intercept and destroy the supply ships of the Triumvirs in the Adriatic, a serious blow to Octavian and Mark Anthony. Expertly detailing the changing fates of the opposing sides, their successes and failures illustrated in a range of maps, the book then turns to the final stages of the campaign. As the Triumvirs' forces slowly moved their fieldworks towards their enemies' positions, Brutus, ignorant of the destruction of Calvinus's fleet and seeing few other options available to him, decided to give battle. In the bloody and close combat, legionary fought legionary amid great slaughter, until Brutus' forces were finally routed and his camp overrun. Brutus fled and committed suicide the following day. The Republican movement crushed, Rome now rested in the hands of the Second Triumvirate. This is the history of the Philippi campaign that sounded the final death knell for the Republican movement.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing plans/Opposing commanders/Opposing forces/Orders of battle/The first battle of Philippi/The second battle of Philippi/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published Aug 19 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846032653
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 1 b/w; 6 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 199
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Si Sheppard

London-born Si Sheppard completed his Bachelors an…

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Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…

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