Humanities › History & Culture Mark Antony Why Mark Antony Was Famous in Ancient Rome (and Still Is Today) Share Flipboard Email Print Antioch Silver Tetradrachm of Marc Antony and Cleopatra VII: BACILICCAKΛ'EOΠATΡA ΘEA NEΩTEΡA Diademed bust of Cleopatra r. Rev. ANTWNIOC AYTOKPATWRTΡITON TRIWN ANDRWN Bare head of Marcus Antonius. CC Flickr User Ancient Art History & Culture Ancient History and Culture Figures & Events Ancient Languages Greece Egypt Asia Rome Mythology & Religion American History African American History African History Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By N.S. Gill Ancient History and Latin Expert M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota B.A., Latin, University of Minnesota N.S. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. our editorial process N.S. Gill Updated February 12, 2020 Definition: Mark Antony was a soldier and statesman at the end of the Roman Republic known for: His stirring eulogy at the funeral of his friend Julius Caesar. Shakespeare has Mark Antony begin the eulogy at Caesar's funeral with the words:Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones. (Julius Caesar 3.2.79)... and his pursuit of Caesar's assassins Brutus and Cassius.Sharing the Second Triumvirate with Caesar's heir and nephew, Octavian (later Augustus), and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.Being the final Roman lover of Cleopatra who gave her Roman territories as a gift. Antony was a capable soldier, well-liked by the troops, but he alienated the people of Rome with his constant carousing, neglect of his virtuous wife Octavia (sister of Octavian/Augustus), and other behavior not in Rome's best interests. After gaining sufficient power, Antony had Cicero, Antony's lifelong enemy who wrote against him (Philippics), beheaded. Antony himself committed suicide after losing the Battle of Actium; he might have won the battle but for an unwillingness, on the part of his soldiers, to fight fellow Romans. That, and Cleopatra's sudden departure. Mark Antony was born in 83 B.C. and died on August 1, 30 B.C. His parents were Marcus Antonius Creticus and Julia Antonia (a distant cousin of Julius Caesar). Antony's father died when he was young, so his mother married Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, who was executed (under the administration of Cicero) for having a role in the Conspiracy of Catiline in 63 B.C. This is assumed to have been a major factor in the hostility between Antony and Cicero. Ancient Rome Glossary Also Known As: Marcus Antonius Alternate Spellings: Marc Antony, Marc Anthony, Mark Anthony Examples: Although Antony is renowned as a military man, he didn't become a soldier until he was 26. Adrian Goldsworthy says his first known appointment came at that age when as praefectus equitum, he was given charge of at least one regiment or ala in (Syrian proconsul for 57 B.C.) Aulus Gabinius' army in Judaea. Source: Adrian Goldsworthy's Antony and Cleopatra (2010).