Editor says, what if Mark Antony had defended Julius Caesar.? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Mark Antony was too late to defend of Caesar. He fled from the Forum and slipped out of Rome until he was certain the assassins did not mean to eliminate him as well. Returning to Rome, he gave an explosive eulogy at Caesar's funeral and exposed the assassins' crime. The senators fled the mob, and a new wave of civil war came upon Rome. Mark Antony joined with Octavian to become victorious, though they soon had their own civil war. Octavian prevailed at the Battle of Actium and became the sole ruler of an imperial Rome that would last for centuries. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.