Fulvia's civil war


Fulvia's civil war

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Fulvia's civil war
date=41– 40 BC
place=Rome, Perusia
territory=Rome was briefly lost, but quickly regained
result=Roman victory
combatant1=Roman Republic
combatant2=Forces of Fulvia and Lucius Antonius
commander1=Octavian, triumvir,
commander2=Fulvia, Lucius Antonius
strength1=Unknown
strength2=8 legions

Fulvia's civil war (also called the Perusine War) was a civil war which lasted from 41 to 40 BC. It was fought by Fulvia and Lucius Antonius to support Mark Antony against his political enemy (and the future Emperor Augustus), Octavian.

Fulvia, who was married to Mark Antony at the time of the civil war, felt strongly that her husband should be the sole ruler of Rome instead of sharing power with the Second Triumvirate, especially Octavian.

Fulvia and Antony's younger brother, Lucius Antonius, raised eight legions in Italy. The army held Rome for a brief time, but was then forced to retreat to the city of Perusia. During the winter of 41 - 40 BC, Octavian's army held the city under siege, finally causing it to surrender due to starvation. The lives of Fulvia and Lucius Antonius were both spared, but Antonius was sent to govern a Spanish province. Fulvia was exiled to Sicyon. The inhabitants of the city were then butchered.

Fulvia died in 40 BC, and with her death came a peace between Antony and Octavian. The peace would be short lived, however, as a civil war began a few years later.


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