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Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
- 63? BCE: This is the appoximate year of the birth of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Nothing is known
of his early life, not even his birthplace. He first shows up as a fellow student of Octavius in a
military school in Albania.
- 44 BCE: Julius Caesar is assasinated in Rome. His friend and fellow student Octavius leaves school to journey to
Rome to accept an inheritance from Julius Caesar who was his uncle. Agrippa went with him.
- 43 BCE: Agrippa is awarded the post of tribune of the plebs. This involved having the power
to carry out prosecutions of Roman citizens.
- 41-40 BCE: Agrippa commands forces fighting army units allied with Mark Antony.
- 40 BCE: Agrippa is given the post of praetor urbanu. This made him the head of the
administration of justice for Rome.
- 37 BCE: Agrippa become a consul of Rome. He also marries a woman from an aristocratic family
at this time.
- 36-35 BCE: Agrippina wins two naval batles against the forces of Sextus Pompeius of Sicily
a threat to naval trade routes.
- 35-34 BCE: Agrippa is the military commander for Octavian's campaign in Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast.
- 33 BCE: Agrippa is given the post of magistrate of public buildings in Rome. He executes it by
building cleaning up the sewers, improving the water supply and building public baths. He used his
own funds for these projects.
- 31 BCE: Octavian's forces confront those of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium in western Greece.
Agrippa is the commander of Octavian's fleet and the victory is attributed to Agrippa's military talents.
- 30 BCE: Agrippa governs Rome during an extended absence of Octavian.
- 29-28 BCE: Agrippa and Octavian conduct a census of Rome and reduce the membership of the
- 28-27 BCE: Agrippa is elected consul of Rome along with Octavian. Agrippa divorces his wife and
marries Marcella, a neice of Octavian.
- 23 BCE: Agrippa divorces Marcella and marries Julia, the daughter of Octavian. She is 16 and he is
40. Agrippa goes
to the island of Lesbos to manage the eastern Roman Empire.
- 22 BCE: Agrippa returns to Rome to govern Rome when Octavian goes to the East for an extended stay.
- 19 BCE: Agrippa takes an expeditionary Roman force to Gaul and Spain to put down rebellions by
tribes there. He successfully quells the rebellion of the Cantabrians in Spain.
- 18 BCE: Agrippa returns to Rome and is given the office of tribune of Rome along with Octavian.
- 17 BCE: Agrippa joins Octavian in the celebration of the Secular Games in Rome and then
goes back east to govern the provinces of the eastern Roman Empire.
- 15 BCE: Agrippa visits Judaea which is a client kingdom of Rome administered by Herod I.
While there Agrippa establishes colonies for veterans of the Roman army in Lebanon.
Agrippa and Herod put down a rebellion in a client kingdom of Rome in the Bosporus on the
- 13 BCE: Agrippa is again made a tribune of Rome. He travels to Pannonia to put down a rebellion
there. He falls ill while in Pannonia.
- 12 BCE: Agrippa at an age of 51 years dies of the illness he contracted on his campaign in Pannonia.
He leaves his wife Julia, 27 years of age and twice a widow, and five children that he and Julia had.