Excerpt from Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Vol. 11 The account of appian 2 shows the gravity of Antony's charge and the varying opinions of the public. In general his story agrees with the narrative of nicolaus. He adds the suggestion that Antony may have discovered agents of Octavian in his camp and made of the plot to thwart his plans a plot against his life. He also points out that some people of penetration realized that it was to Octavian's advantage that Antony should live to be a checkmate to the party of Brutus and Cassius. Still, most people, in view of the shame ful treatment which Octavian had received at Antony's hands, gave credence to the accusation and resented a conspiracy against the consul's life. Beyond question Octavian was quick to grasp the seriousness Of the situation, for, accord ing to appian, he protested his innocence on oath in public and private and railed against Antony and his doorkeepers when he could not obtain admission to take him to task to his face. But Octavian, young as he was, was possessed of no little political astuteness, for with deep emotion he informed the people that if he perished his death would be the result of Antony's intrigues. The multitude was impressed and underwent a profound change of opinion, although some people, who had doubtless had their fill of propaganda in the previous years of strife, felt that both sides were only shamming in order to carry out some plot against their respective enemies. And others thought Antony was only seeking to Obtain a large body-guard and cause Octavian to lose the goodwill of the veterans. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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