[ak-tee-uh m, -shee-uh m]


a promontory in NW ancient Greece: Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian and Agrippa in a naval battle near here in 31 b.c.

Related formsAc·ti·an [ak-tee-uh n, -shee-uh n] /ˈæk ti ən, -ʃi ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for actium

Historical Examples of actium

  • Pompey cut his stick at Pharsalia, and so did Antony at Actium.

  • And the terrible omens before and after Actium, and the stars—the stars!

  • Its name, Latinized into Actium, became famous as that of the naval battle.

    Famous Sea Fights

    John Richard Hale

  • But in the midst was wrought a great battle of ships at the cape of Actium.

    Stories from Virgil

    Alfred J. Church

  • He was not at the battle of Actium, but he sent aid to Antonius (c. 61).

British Dictionary definitions for actium



a town of ancient Greece that overlooked the naval battle in 31 bc at which Octavian's fleet under Agrippa defeated that of Mark Antony and Cleopatra
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