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Ac·ti·um

 (ăk′shē-əm, -tē-)
A promontory and ancient town of western Greece. In 31 bc it was the site of Octavian's naval victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra. As a result of the battle, Egypt came under Roman control and Octavian (later Augustus) was established as Rome's ruler.

Actium

(ˈæktɪəm)
n
(Placename) a town of ancient Greece that overlooked the naval battle in 31 bc at which Octavian's fleet under Agrippa defeated that of Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Ac•ti•um

(ˈæk ti əm, -ʃi əm)

n.
a promontory in NW ancient Greece: Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian and Agrippa in a naval battle near here in 31 B.C.
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Noun1.Actium - an ancient town on a promontory in western GreeceActium - an ancient town on a promontory in western Greece
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
2.Actium - the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BCActium - the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BC
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
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From Salamis to Actium, through Lepanto and the Nile to the naval massacre of Navarino, not to mention other armed encounters of lesser interest, all the blood heroically spilt into the Mediterranean has not stained with a single trail of purple the deep azure of its classic waters.
A frugal mind cannot defend itself from considerable bitterness when reflecting that at the Battle of Actium (which was fought for no less a stake than the dominion of the world) the fleet of Octavianus Caesar and the fleet of Antonius, including the Egyptian division and Cleopatra's galley with purple sails, probably cost less than two modern battleships, or, as the modern naval book-jargon has it, two capital units.
Towards noon whales were raised; but so soon as the ship sailed down to them, they turned and fled with swift precipitancy; a disordered flight, as of Cleopatra's barges from Actium. Nevertheless, the boats pursued, and Stubb's was foremost.
He told me, "he had for many years been commander of a ship; and in the sea fight at Actium had the good fortune to break through the enemy's great line of battle, sink three of their capital ships, and take a fourth, which was the sole cause of Antony's flight, and of the victory that ensued; that the youth standing by him, his only son, was killed in the action." He added, "that upon the confidence of some merit, the war being at an end, he went to Rome, and solicited at the court of Augustus to be preferred to a greater ship, whose commander had been killed; but, without any regard to his pretensions, it was given to a boy who had never seen the sea, the son of Libertina, who waited on one of the emperor's mistresses.
The battle of Actium, decided the empire of the world.
In 31BC, the battle of Actium, between Antony and Cleopatra and Octavian, took place off the west coast of Greece.
After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium, Antony killed himself on hearing a false report of her death; some say she spread the report herself to gain favor with Octavius by causing Antony
Their union was broken in 31, and Antony was defeated at Actium. This left Octavius sole ruler, and, in gradual steps, he completed the transformation of Rome from a republic to an empire, as Augustus, its first emperor.
A The Battle of Actium B The Battle of Mons Grapius C The Trojan War D The Battle of Romulus 15.
The coin, a bronze dupondius, had been struck in 28BC to commemorate the pair's victory over Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium three years before--the crocodile representing Cleopatra and Egypt, the palm a symbol for victory.