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Beware the Ides of March. Marc Antony then assumed control by seizing Caesar’s papers and wealth. c. She seduced him, and he stayed in Egypt for a year. When Antony eventually returned to Rome, still smitten with Cleopatra, he made peace with Caesar’s willed successor, Octavius, and, through the pacts of Brundisium, soon found himself married to Octavius’s sister, Octavia. c. The furious Octavius gathered western legions and ROME IN DEPTH 24 LO O K I N G B AC K AT R O M E 2 almost giddy, heights.
C. Rome and its armies control the entire Mediterranean world. D. Rome declines under a series of incompetent and corrupt emperors. D. Rome is fragmented politically as administrative capitals are established in such cities as Milan and Trier, Germany. ■ ■ ■ 395 The Empire splits: Constantine establishes a “New Rome” at Constantinople (Istanbul); Goths invade Rome’s provinces in northern Italy. 410–55 Rome is sacked by barbarians—Alaric the Goth, Attila the Hun, and Gaiseric the Vandal. 475 Rome falls, leaving only the primate of the Catholic church in control; the pope continues 21 2 LO O K I N G B AC K AT R O M E ■ begins the accumulation of a vast empire.
1999 Rome officially goes under the euro umbrella as it prepares for the millennium. 2000 Italy welcomes Jubilee visitors in the wake of political discontent. 2001 Silvio Berlusconi, one of the richest men in the world, becomes premier of Italy. ■ ■ ■ ■ 2002 Rome says goodbye lire, hello euro. 2003 Italy sides with the United States in war against Iraq. 2006 Berlusconi ousted as prime minister; loses to Romano Prodi. 2008 Silvio Berlusconi returns as prime minister. 25 Impressions The Romans would never have had time to conquer the world if they had been obliged to learn Latin first of all.