Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian GoldsworthyThe dramatic story of Rome’s first emperor, who plunged into Rome’s violent power struggles at the age of nineteen, proceeded to destroy all rivals, and more than anyone else created the Roman Empire
Caesar Augustus’ story, one of the most riveting in Western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. Thrusting himself into Rome’s extremely violent politics while yet a very young man, Augustus skillfully maneuvered his way through twisting alliances during years of civil war. Named heir to the murdered Julius Caesar, he outwitted and outlasted far more experienced rivals like Antony and Brutus. Ruling supreme, he reinvented himself as a benevolent man of peace and created a new system of government.
In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence Western history.
44 Ruthless Facts About Augustus, The First Emperor Of Rome
By Octavia , January 8, in Imperium Romanorum. Hey all. I hhave a discussion for all of you. What is your oppinion about Apgugsus's reign? Was he a good or bad person and good emperor? I know he was ruthless at the battle of actium and all that, but afterward, I feel his personality changed.
Adrian Goldsworthy, author of a biography of Augustus, reveals how Julius Caesar's teenage heir slaughtered his way to power. Before his death 2, years ago in August AD 14, the ageing Roman emperor Augustus composed a political statement that recorded his unprecedented bid for power, half a century earlier. That was not the way politics normally worked in Rome, but these were disturbed times, with the old Republican system of elected magistrates crumbling after decades of violent competition and spells of civil war. A Senate urged on by the famous orator Cicero saw Antony as the big threat and feared that he was aiming to seize supreme power by force. In a political system where a man had to be in his forties before he could seek the highest offices of the state, a year-old with no political record seemed to present little danger.
Expanding on the dictatorial ambitions of his adopted father, Gaius Julius Caesar , Augustus deftly facilitated the transformation of Rome from a patrician republic to an empire led by a single powerful monarch. Those who value any form of democracy or republicanism — no matter how limited and corrupt — over autocratic systems like the Roman Empire are for the most part making an ideological argument. While ideological points indeed have merit, they are often trumped by practical realities. Here we take the position that democracy is inherently something favourable over autocracy. We are not arguing between the merits of the two, but rather asking — with hindsight — if the actions of Augustus were positive or negative for Rome.
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People went crazy and they didn't no what to do. Nero could not have said something bad to Augustus.
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus, often remembered simply as Augustus, was the very first Emperor of Rome, and in that he accomplished what his great-uncle, and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, had failed to do. He not only took power and managed to keep it, he also turned the longstanding Roman Republic into an Empire, which it would remain for centuries after his death. So who was this complex figure? How did he get where he ended up? Read the facts below to find out more about one of the most powerful men in history. Not only was Augustus the first Emperor of Rome, he also ruled Rome longer than anyone after him.