Battle of Actium Timeline

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  • 41 BCE - 31 BCE
    Mark Antony of Rome allied with Cleopatra VII of Egypt.
  • 31 BCE
    Mark Antony and Cleopatra move to Greece, where they are isolated by Octavian's admiral Agrippa; although they are able to win a tactical victory and break out of their isolated position at Actium, the campaign is a distaster and Octavian is able to achieve control of the east.
  • 2 Sep 31 BCE
    The Battle of Actium. Octavian defeats Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII.
  • 1 Aug 30 BCE
    After Octavian has declined to negotiate, Cleopatra reportedly commits suicide; Mark Antony stabs himself, only later finding Cleopatra still lives, and dies.
  • 30 Aug 30 BCE
    Cleopatra kills herself rather than be taken to Rome by Octavian. Her son Caesarion is later executed and her children with Antony taken to Rome.
  • 27 BCE
    Octavian is given extraordinary powers and the name Augustus by the Roman Senate.
  • 19 BCE
    Augustus is given supreme powers by the Roman Senate.