Augustus Caesar (2nd Edition) by David Shotter

By David Shotter

Revised all through, the second one variation of this profitable e-book takes the latest examine within the box into consideration and reports the proof in an effort to position Augustus firmly within the context of his personal times.
History sees Augustus Caesar because the first emperor of Rome, whose process of ordered govt supplied a company and strong foundation for the growth and prosperity of the Roman Empire. Hailed as 'restorer of the Republic' and considered via a few as a deity in his personal lifetime, Augustus was once emulated by way of lots of his successors.
Key themes mentioned include:
the history to Augustus Caesar's dazzling upward push to power
his political and imperial reforms
the production of the Republica of Augustus
the legacy Augustus Caesar left to his successors.
Including extra assurance of the social and cultural facets of this complicated character's reign, including an accelerated advisor to extra studying, scholars won't omit a beat if this e-book is integrated on their path studying lists.

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2 THE DIVINE YOUTH Gaius Octavius, whom the world came to know better as Octavian and later Augustus, was born on 24 September, 63 BC. This year was symbolically a momentous one for the Roman Republic, for it marked the consulship of Marcus Cicero during which the great orator put down a conspiracy mounted by a discontented aristocrat named Lucius Sergius Catilina (or Catiline). Catiline was driven partly by a sense of frustration at being ‘cheated’ (as he saw it) of a consulship that was rightfully his, and partly by his involvement in social and economic reform connected with the very high levels of debt.

As Sulla had done in 82 BC, the Three organised a programme of proscriptions to eliminate enemies and to acquire the funds necessary to keep the populace and the army happy. Cicero was one of the first to pay the ultimate penalty, and no amount of subsequent propaganda could excuse Octavian his part in this treacherous act. A military campaign was then organised to avenge Caesar’s murder and to dispose of Marcus Brutus, Cassius and their followers; at the battle of Philippi (in Greece) in 42 BC the Caesarian faction finally completed the avenging of the murder of its late leader—and as a result of its victory found itself in control of sixty legions, or more than a quarter of a million men.

First, his proconsular imperium was changed to make his military authority broader and less specific; and it was elevated to become overriding (maius). This meant that, instead of being in charge of three named provinces, Augustus was directly in control of all provinces which required a military presence, and the legions were concentrated almost exclusively in those provinces. The other provinces are referred to as ‘public’ and continued to be governed in the traditional way. However, this division of provinces was made flexible, so that the princeps could take control of any provinces that might come to require a military presence and relinquish those that had become pacified.

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