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Battle of Actium, 31 BC

Sea battle of Actium, in which Octavius defeated Antony and Cleopatra, 31 BC.
Hand colored wodcut of a 19th-century illustration

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

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This hand-colored woodcut print captures the dramatic Battle of Actium, a pivotal moment in ancient history. Taking place in 31 BC, this sea battle saw Octavius emerge victorious over Antony and Cleopatra, forever altering the course of European, Egyptian, and Greek civilizations. The illustration showcases the grandeur and intensity of this historic event. The artist's attention to detail brings to life the ancient ships sailing across the Mediterranean Sea. With billowing sails and oars cutting through the waves, these vessels symbolize power and strength. The clash between Octavius' Roman forces and Antony's fleet is depicted with great precision. The chaos of battle is palpable as arrows fly through the air while soldiers engage in close combat on deck. Amidst it all stands Cleopatra herself, a figure both captivating and enigmatic. This artwork serves as a window into classical civilization at its height. It transports us back to an era when empires were forged on naval battles like this one – where control over vast territories was decided by skillful maneuvering on treacherous waters. As we gaze upon this vintage print, we are reminded of our rich heritage rooted in ancient Rome and Greece. It invites us to reflect on how these civilizations shaped our world today – their artistry, military prowess, maritime exploration – all preserved within this single image from North Wind Picture Archives.

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