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Philippi in Der Antiken Geschichtsschreibung

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This chapter presents an overview on the Philippine in the ancient historiography. The decision of the conflict between Antony and Augustus in 31 BC in the naval battle of Actium and social policies led to the founding of Philippi as Augustan colony. Philippi is a part of ambivalent history of princeps Augustus, which requires careful palliation. In the perspective of the question of power, which perceives only the different personalities and their properties and not their political objectives, consistent Actium appears as a decisive turning point in Roman history. The identification of two outstanding decisive battles of the Civil War is the result of a politically historical interpretation which sees continuation of the political work of Caesar in the Augustan principate. Philippi is a cipher for the lost battle for freedom and democracy to the virtues of the Roman constitution. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Augustan colony; Caesar; Civil war; Philippine; Roman history



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