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Agrippa in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
Agrippa, Marcus Vipsanius. A Roman general, who was born in B.C. 63, of an obscure family; studied with young Octavius
(afterwards the emperor Augustus) at Apollonia, in Illyria, and upon the murder of Caesar, in B.C. 44, was one of the friends
of Augustus who advised him to proceed immediately to Rome. In the civil wars which followed, and which terminated in giving
Augustus the sovereignty of the Roman world, Agrippa took an active part; and his military abilities contributed greatly to
that result. He commanded the fleet of Augustus at the battle of Actium in B.C. 31. He was thrice consul, and in his third
consulship, in B.C. 27, he built the Pantheon. In the year 21 he married Iulia, daughter of Augustus. He continued to be
employed in various military commands till his death in B.C. 12. By his first wife, Pomponia, Agrippa had Vipsania, married to
Tiberius, the successor of Augustus; and by Iulia he had two daughters, Iulia and Agrippina, and three sons, Caesar, Lucius
Caesar, and Agrippa Postumus. The last was banished by Augustus to the island of Planasia, and was put to death by Tiberius,
A.D. 14. See portrait on p. 16.
Agrippa in Roman Biography.
A-grip'pa, (Mar'cus Vipsa'nius,) a distinguished Roman commander and statesman, born 63 B.C. His
family was obscure, but a friendship was early formed
between him and Octavius, (afterwards Augustus Caesar,)
and his fortunes became inseparably associated with
those of the future emperor. To the skill and wisdom
of Agrippa, Augustus owed much of his continued success
; especially his victory at Actium, which gave him
the empire of the world. After the death of Marcellus,
in 23 B.C., Agrippa married his widow, Julia, the daughter
of the emperor, by whom he had three sons, two of
whom were adopted by Augustus, (see Caius C/ESar,)
and two daughters. He died 12 B.C., in the fifty-first
year of his age. Agrippa and Maecenas were the chief
ministers or advisers of Augustus, and the former was
for some time regarded as his destined successor.
See G C. Gebauer, "Dissertatio de M. V. Agrippa," 1717; P.
Fhamiskn, "Marc. Vipsanius Agrippa: historische Untersuchung
iiber dessen Leben und Wirken," 1836 ; Livy,
" Epitome ;" Tacitus, Annales"
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Agrippa in Wikipedia
Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (c. 63 BC–12 BC) was a Roman statesman and general. He was a close friend, son-in-law, lieutenant and
defense minister to Octavian, the future emperor Caesar Augustus. He was responsible for most of Octavian’s military victories, most
notably winning the naval Battle of Actium against the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt.
He was the son-in-law of the Emperor Augustus, maternal grandfather of the Emperor Caligula, father-in-law of the Emperor Tiberius and
the Emperor Claudius, and maternal great-grandfather of the Emperor Nero...