How did Cleopatra and Marc Antony affect Roman life?

Marc Antony and Cleopatra were handy tools that Octavian used to gain power. They were portrayed as a seductress who turned an honorable Roman into a boy toy and a Roman who had lost his pride and honor. Antony played into Octavian's hands by not returning to Rome to defend himself and relying upon surrogates and letters to back his cause. After the Donations of Alexandria, and Antony's sham "triumph" in Alexandria, the Roman people were incensed and Octavian was able to have war declared.
Marc Antony and Cleopatra were handy tools that Octavian used to gain power. They were portrayed as a seductress who turned an honorable Roman into a boy toy and a Roman who had lost his pride and honor. Antony played into Octavian's hands by not returning to Rome to defend himself and relying upon surrogates and letters to back his cause. After the Donations of Alexandria, and Antony's sham "triumph" in Alexandria, the Roman people were incensed and Octavian was able to have war declared.