Famous People




Today's Famous Person, (born 63 BC? — March, 12 BC), was the powerful deputy of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. He was chiefly responsible for the victory over Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, and during Augustus’ reign he suppressed rebellions, founded colonies, and administered various parts of the Roman Empire. Of modest birth but not a modest man, he was disliked by the Roman aristocracy. In his own interest he scrupulously maintained a subordinate role in relation to Augustus, but he felt himself inferior to no one else.

Virtually nothing is known of his early life until he is found as the companion of Octavian (the future emperor Augustus) at Apollonia, in Illyria, at the time of Julius Caesar’s murder in 44. Octavian, the adopted son of Caesar, returned with him to Italy to make his political claim as Caesar’s heir. In 43 he is thought to have held the office of tribune of the plebs; presumably in this capacity he prosecuted the tyrannicide Cassius, then absent in the East.

In the struggle for power after Julius Caesar’s death, he served as one of Octavian’s key military commanders. In 41–40 he fought against Mark Antony’s brother Lucius. In 40 he held the post of magistrate mainly in charge of administration of justice at Rome and was a major figure in negotiating a settlement between Octavian and Antony at Brundisium. During the next two years he was away on campaigns in Aquitania and on the Rhine River. When he returned to Italy, he conspicuously refused to celebrate a triumph for his successes in the north, but in 37 he held the office of consul. In the spring of 37 Octavian and Antony came to an agreement at Tarentum, and it must have been then that Antony arranged his marriage to the daughter of Titus Atticus, a wealthy friend of Cicero.

Octavian’s efforts to resist at sea the son of the republican general Gnaeus Pompey, Sextus Pompeius, had not met with success. Our Famous Person therefore took charge of the operations. He constructed a fine harbor at Puteoli in the Bay of Naples and then won, in 36, two decisive naval victories (at Mylae and Naulochus), ending the threat from Pompeius. For this achievement he was awarded a golden crown. In 35–34 Octavian waged a vigorous campaign in Dalmatia, and in this today's Famous Person had a distinguished military role. In 33 he served as the magistrate of public buildings and works at Rome, even though it was a much lower post than the consulate that he had already held. He used the opportunity to win favor for Octavian by spending his own funds lavishly on building baths, cleaning sewers, and improving the water supply. When Octavian and Antony finally came into direct conflict at the Battle of Actium in 31, he commanded the fleet and was primarily responsible for Octavian’s victory.

During Octavian’s absence from Rome after Actium, he managed affairs in the city together with Maecenas, the great patron of poets. In 29–28 he and Octavian jointly conducted a census and carried out a purge of the Senate; in 28 and 27 he held the consulate again, both times with Octavian as his colleague. In 23, a year of constitutional crisis, Augustus fell ill and presented his signet ring to our Famous Person, who seemed thus to be designated the emperor’s successor. He took Augustus’ daughter Julia as his wife after divorcing a niece of Augustus (Marcella the Elder), who had replaced Atticus’ daughter as his wife some four or five years previously.

He went immediately to Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, from which he administered affairs in the East. The nature of his constitutional power at this time is controversial. It has been argued whether the Senate in 23 gave him power greater than that of any other provincial governor in the East. After Augustus’ death Roman historians claimed that his sojourn at Mytilene was a kind of exile as a result of Augustus’ preference for his own nephew Marcellus.

Returning to Rome in 18, he received the power of a tribune, which Augustus also possessed. He participated in Augustus’ celebration of the Secular Games at Rome in 17, after which he returned to the East as vicegerent of the emperor. In 15 he accepted an invitation from Herod I the Great to visit Judaea; while in the East, he established colonies of veterans at Berytus and Heliopolis, in Lebanon. He next settled an uprising in the Bosporan kingdom on the Black Sea and set up the cultivated dynast Polemo as king. Herod led a fleet to support him in the Bosporan affair, and, when it was over, the two traveled together along the coast of western Asia Minor.

Troubles in Pannonia required his presence, but the rigors of the winter of 13–12 caused a fatal illness; he died in March of 12 BC.


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Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Lucius Caninius Gallus
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