Marcus Agrippa

Marcus Agrippa built and trained a new fleet during the civil wars in the first century BC. He was a friend and later son in law of Emperor Augustus. During the rise of Augustus he took control of the navy and was responsible for the naval victory at Actium that defeated Anthony and Cleopatra. Agrippa is recorded as playing a crucial role in the victorious tactics. He urged Augustus to fight Anthony and Cleopatra’s fleet immediately to avoid being outrun. The victory secured Augustus’s position as emperor.