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  • n  an ancient town on a promontory in western Greece
  • n  the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BC

  • Peter Green in Wall Street Journal
    Twenty years ago Mr. Green wrote his gripping study "Alexander to Actium," which gave a fine defense of the Hellenistic Age -- its science, its new civic freedoms for women, its new cities and suburbs, its emphasis on private space rather than...

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