How many years after leaving Rome did Cleopatra marry Marc Antony?
Mark Antony did not marry Cleopatra VII because it was impolitic as she was a foreigner. Mark Antony left Rome after the victory at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC. Antony and Cleopatra became lovers in 41 BC. MarK Antony married the sister of Octavian, Octavia the Younger in 40 BC. Marriages in powerful families were arranged to make or cement alliances. Mark Antony's marriage was meant to cement his alliance with Octavian, but failed to achieve this. The two men ended up fighting each other.