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that Made
the Roman Empire
Antony, Cleopatra, and
Octavian at Actium
The Wall Street JournalArthur HermanReal Clear BooksVictor Davis HansonA masterfully woven history of the Battle of Actium. [Barry Strauss] is currently the
profession’s most gifted and accomplished classicist in making accessible to general
readers the mesmerizing world of Greece and Rome.
The victory at Actium, Mr. Strauss argues in this splendid book, allowed Augustus to
build an empire that lasted for nearly 500 years. The price was the destruction of the
man who dared to oppose him, along with the woman for whom he had risked everything.
Praise for The War that Made the Roman Empire
Order NowTen CaesarsRoman Emperors
from Augustus to Constantine
AntiquitasLeaders and Legends
of the Ancient World
No one presents the military history of the ancient world with greater insight and panache than Strauss...
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The War that Made the Roman Empire

In this riveting and exciting history, learn about one of history’s most important and yet little-known wars. Culminating at the Battle of Actium, its outcome determined the future of the Roman Empire.
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