31 BC: Antony, Cleopatra
and the fall of Egypt

On 2 September 31 BC two superpowers – ancient Egypt and Rome – met head on for the first and only time at the Battle of Actium, which would directly lead to the foundation of the Roman Empire.

From the perspective of Cleopatra’s capital, Alexandria, David Stuttard and Sam Moorhead recount the chain of events which led to the fall of Egypt and examine the personalities involved in this gripping story.

This event took place on 11 May 2012.

Image: Silver denarius of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Roman, 32 BC.

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Silver denarius of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Roman, 32 BC. Issued in the eastern part of the Empire
31 BC: Antony, Cleopatra and the fall of Egypt

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