The Tragic Fates Of Those Caught Up In The Rise Of Julius Caesar And Augustus

The 1st century BCE was a time of enormous upheaval in ancient Rome, especially during the rise of Julius Caesar and his heir, Augustus. Watch our short video to learn about the tragic fates of a few of the many important people who were caught up in this Roman power struggle. Among the many victims from around 60-31 BCE were the statesmen Cicero and Cato, the members of the First Triumvirate (Julius Caesar, Crassus and Pompey), Caesar’s friend turned enemy (Labienus), the plotters against Caesar (Brutus and Cassius), Augustus’ rivals (Mark Antony and Cleopatra) and even Julius Caesar’s young son, Caesarion.

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The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.

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