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History is filled with the stories of great leaders who shaped countries, militaries, and the world. Some, like Mark Antony, are remembered best for the wars they fought and the battles they faced. As the Roman Empire’s eastern emperor, Mark Antony faced both political turmoil and war. Despite the strife he faced, Antony became a central figure in Roman history. Perhaps best known today for his relationship and alliance with Egyptian queen Cleopatra, Mark Antony left an indelible mark on the Roman Empire and the shape of the world as it stands today.
Born into the highest circles of the Roman Empire, Mark Antony joined a line of men who’d served the empire well. As soon as he was of age, Antony joined the Roman Army and became a cavalry commander. By 50 AD, Antony had a lifetime place in the Roman Senate and was a member of politically influential groups. But everything changed when civil war broke out and Rome began to turn against Julius Caesar. After Caesar’s murder, Antony remained in politics despite his vocal support for the former leader. Fighting continued among the Roman leadership, and ultimately the Roman Empire was divided into the control of three men under the Triumvirate — and Mark Antony became emperor of the eastern portion of the empire.
Antony’s first act was to form an alliance that would bring huge benefits, but that would ultimately become his downfall. He summoned Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, to meet him as the new eastern emperor. Together, the two formed both an alliance and a romance. Cleopatra gave Antony money and resources to wage war, along with two children. After three years apart, Antony returned again to Egypt for more financial and political support. Similarly, Cleopatra used Antony for political gain; their relationship helped her expand her own kingdom and gave her a powerful alliance with Rome.
Unfortunately, their political and emotional alliance couldn’t save Mark Antony. The triumvirate ended in 32 AD and Rome began to turn against Antony. War was declared against Antony and Cleopatra, and when the fighting broke out, Antony couldn’t hold on to his power. He was abandoned by his advisors, his soldiers had no morale, and his territories were lost. During a final battle in September 31 AD, Antony realized there was no hope. He committed suicide, and Cleopatra did as well, hoping to save themselves from the devastating future.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Ancient History collection of quality costume clothing, this adult’s Mark Antony Roman military uniform costume is authentic to Ancient Rome and the attire worn by the famed ruler and politician himself. You’ll look just like Cleopatra’s lover himself when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Antony’s traditional Roman attire accurately, this costume includes a red Roman under-tunic with detailed braided trim, an adjustable distressed faux suede chest plate with an attached latex belt, a burgundy Roman cloak (or cape), a small shoulder medallion, and a set of matching faux suede wrist and arm guards. You’ll look the part of the military general with this costume straight out of Ancient Rome.
Please note that this costume is designed to be a low-use costume — it is not intended for LARP or historical reenactments. The chest plate and body armor offer no protection from actual role play.
This high-quality Mark Antony Roman military uniform costume can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of Ancient Rome’s emperor and politician. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Mark Antony Roman military uniform costume is built to last.
Ancient warfare is war as conducted from the beginnings of recorded history to the end of the ancient period.
Self: 100% Polyester
Faux Suede 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
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