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12 - The aftermath of the Ides

from PART I
A cult of Caesar was set up in the Forum where the mob had burned his body, under the influence of one Amatius, or Herophilus, who claimed to be a grandson of Marius. The legions from Gaul and Spain did not appear in Rome as Cicero had feared at one point. Yet there was one new arrival. On the news of the Ides the young Octavius returned to Italy at his mother's summons from his place with Caesar's army on the far side of the Adriatic, to be met with the news of his adoption in Caesar's will. Octavian was clearly a real danger to Antony, particularly because he was attracting the favour of the veterans, though many ex-centurions and higher officers of Caesar stood by Antony throughout. An attempt to retain this favour may explain inconsistencies in Antony's attitude to the liberators, whom he now began to attack openly.
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