403 Philippi I (42 BC)
Caesar’s assassination plunged the Roman world into chaos and civil war. On one side was the Second Triumvirate of Mark Anthony, Aemilius Lepidus, and Octavian, Caesar’s nephew, which aimed to avenge Caesar’s murder. Opposing them were the assassins Marcus Brutus and Gaius Cassius, who sought to re-establish the Republic. The Republicans levied a large army in the east and set up camp near Philippi in Macedonia. With ample supplies, the fortified Republican position between two hills and a marsh seemed impregnable. When Mark Antony and Octavian arrived with their large veteran army, they camped a short distance from the Republicans’ fortified position. Beset with supply problems, Antony constructed a causeway through the marsh and only then attacked. Capturing the high ground forced Cassius to weaken his front. Brutus marched out to take Antony in the flank, and Octavian in turn marched forward to engage Brutus’ forces. Brutus’ Republican legions defeated Octavian’s forces and captured his camp. Meanwhile, Cassius lost his camp to Antony’s outflanking force. Falsely believing Brutus had also been defeated, Cassius committed suicide. The battle ended with both sides overextended and each returned to their original lines to wait for another day to decide who would win.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
Leaders: Cassius & Brutus
5 Command Cards
Leaders: Antony & Octavian
5 Command Cards
When a unit occupies an enemy camp hex at the start of the owning player's turn, remove the camp terrain tile hex and collect one Victory Banner.
The Julian Legions rule is in effect. for both armies.
The three hills on the right are impassable.
Tags: Expansion 4