Predict your next investment

Private Equity

See what CB Insights has to offer

Funds

2

About Actium Corporation

The firm is a private equity investor. Its focus is on buyouts and acquisitions in South Korea.

Actium Corporation Headquarter Location

15/F Susong Tower 83-1 Susong-Dong Jongno-Ku

Seoul, 110-774,

South Korea

82 2 2176 1800

Predict your next investment

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on venture capital, startups, patents , partnerships and news mentions to help you see tomorrow's opportunities, today.

Latest Actium Corporation News

A fresh take on why Octavian won the war against Antony and Cleopatra

Apr 2, 2022

Ars chats with historian Barry Strauss about his book, The War that Made the Roman Empire. Enlarge / Anachronistic baroque painting of the pivotal Battle of Actium by Laureys a Castro, 1672. Public domain Historians widely consider the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE to be the decisive event that led to Octavian defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The couple committed suicide—Antony by stabbing himself in the stomach, and Cleopatra by the bite of an asp (or, alternatively, by some other poison). Octavian subsequently became the Roman Emperor Augustus, thereby ushering in the Pax Romana , a 200-year period of peace and prosperity that lasted until 180 CE. Barry Strauss, a historian at Cornell University, argues that the true pivotal moment in the conflict occurred some six months before as part of a strategic campaign to cut off the supply lines for Antony and Cleopatra's forces. Strauss makes his case in his new book, The War that Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium , re-creating the battle in detail, as well as what he maintains was the turning point of the war six months before. Further Reading This is a particularly dramatic historical period that inspired two separate historical plays by William Shakespeare. Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar was famously stabbed to death at the Curia of Pompey on the ides of March in 44 BCE. The senators who killed him thought assassination was the only way to preserve the republic, but the murder ultimately led to the republic's collapse. The following year, Caesar's adopted son,  Octavian , formed the Second Triumvirate with Mark Antony and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus . Alas, the Second Triumvirate proved to be highly unstable, due in large part to the bitter rivalry between Octavian and Antony. Octavian successfully pushed Lepidus into exile in 36 BCE, claiming the latter's provinces for himself. Meanwhile, Antony married Caesar's former lover, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, and sought to dominate Rome from there. Civil war inevitably broke out ( the third and last of the Roman Republic), with the young and relatively inexperienced Octavian on one side and Antony and Cleopatra (supported by 40 percent of the Roman Senate) on the other. Enlarge / The death of Julius Caesar in the Roman Senate—painting by Vincenzo Camuccini (1771-1844) Napoli, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Leemage/Corbis/Getty Images On paper, Antony and Cleopatra seemed assured to win the war, given their combined resources and experience with military strategies and campaigns. Yet Octavian ultimately prevailed. According to Strauss, it was Octavian's reliance on Roman General Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa , who successfully waged a naval campaign to cut off supply lines to Antony's army, giving Octavian the upper hand. That campaign included the seizure of the city of Methone , a strategically significant port in an obscure corner of southern Greece. Advertisement "Actium was a great battle, but it did not stand alone," Strauss writes in his introduction. "It was the climax of a six-month campaign of engagements on land and sea. Nor were all of the operations military. The war between Antony and Octavian involved diplomacy, information warfare—from propaganda to what we now call fake news—economic and financial competition, as well as all of the human emotions: love, hate, and jealousy, not least among them." Ars spoke with Strauss to learn more. Ars Technica: You specialize in ancient military history, but you seem to have a particular fascination for this moment in Roman history—and especially this particular battle. Why is that? Barry Strauss:  I was incredibly lucky when I was a graduate student. I got to spend a year in Greece with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In the fall of 1978, I was taken to Nicopolis by the school. Among the students, there were two people who devoted their lives to studying the site there, Konstantinos Zachos, a Greek archeologist who excavated the site of Augustus' victory monument, and Bill Murray, a naval archaeologist and naval historian, who measured the size of the rams on the site. They both got me really interested in the subject early on. As for Julius Caesar and Octavian, I'd done a military history of Caesar. So this battle was kind of the missing link between Caesar and Octavian. And of course, there's Cleopatra, who's just utterly irresistible. Enlarge / Historian Barry Strauss recreates the Battle of Actium in his new book. Simon & Schuster/Barry Strauss Ars Technica: Literature, particularly Shakespeare’s plays, has colored our perception of many of these figures. One reason is that the source material is notoriously scant. How do you find good reliable sources, especially in cases where you have to reconstruct what happened based on a few lines of text here and there? Barry Strauss: That's one of the main things that we as ancient historians do. We have to read against the grain, and we have an adversarial relationship with the sources. So first of all, we have to ask, "Where is each author coming from?" to get a sense of what his biases might be. Then we gather a huge amount of material so that we can fill in the blanks. A lot of that material is archaeological. A fair amount of it is based on what I might call reconstruction or some knowledge of how the sea works, of how boats work, of how war works. That allows us to narrow things down. Sometimes, honestly, we have to go for competitive plausibility. We can't always say, "Well, we're sure this has happened," but we can say, "We consider this the likeliest reconstruction." But it's tough. It's really difficult stuff.

Actium Corporation Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Actium Corporation has 2 funds, including Actium Corporation Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

Actium Corporation Fund

Buyouts & Acquisitions

Open

1

AG Sequencing Revolution LP

Subscribe to see more

Subscribe to see more

10

Closing Date

Fund

Actium Corporation Fund

AG Sequencing Revolution LP

Fund Type

Buyouts & Acquisitions

Subscribe to see more

Status

Open

Subscribe to see more

Amount

Sources

1

10

Actium Corporation Team

5 Team Members

Actium Corporation has 5 team members, including current Managing Director, John Kwun.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

John Kwun

Managing Director

Current

Pyo Moonsoo

Managing Director

Current

Zulf Choudhary

Managing Director

Former

Hae-Joon Joseph Lee

Managing Director

Former

Minsok Pak

Managing Director

Former

Name

John Kwun

Pyo Moonsoo

Zulf Choudhary

Hae-Joon Joseph Lee

Minsok Pak

Work History

Title

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Status

Current

Current

Former

Former

Former

Discover the right solution for your team

The CB Insights tech market intelligence platform analyzes millions of data points on vendors, products, partnerships, and patents to help your team find their next technology solution.

Request a demo

CBI websites generally use certain cookies to enable better interactions with our sites and services. Use of these cookies, which may be stored on your device, permits us to improve and customize your experience. You can read more about your cookie choices at our privacy policy here. By continuing to use this site you are consenting to these choices.