Download PDF by Patricia Southern: Augustus (Roman Imperial Biographies)

By Patricia Southern

ISBN-10: 0415258553

ISBN-13: 9780415258555

Regardless of his expertise for self-promotion, the nature of the emperor Augustus isn't printed and as such makes this biography distinct in its presentation of Augustus the guy. Pat Southern chronologically strains the lifestyles, works and occasions of the emperor, providing ideology and occasions from his perspective to supply a compelling depiction of a rare guy, who was once the guiding mild within the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

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He was permitted to wear triumphal clothing on official occasions, and a laurel wreath at all times.

The elder Gaius had been married first to Ancharia, by whom he had a daughter, called Octavia Major, to distinguish her from her half sister Octavia Minor, born to Gaius and Atia. The Octavii were wealthy -1- equestrians, who ran their banking business at Velitrae, and were members of the aristocracy of the town, which became a Roman colony in the fifth century BC. Suetonius says that there were many indications that the Octavian family was a distinguished one at Velitrae. A street in the most busy area of the town was named after them, and there was an altar consecrated by an Octavius whose claim to fame derived from his prompt improvisation during a sacrifice to Mars.

They were historic occasions, when busts of famous or not so famous ancestors were displayed, and their noble deeds recalled. In making his speech for his grandmother, Octavius would necessarily have been conscious of his family history, and in this connection would have taken note of the current exploits of his great uncle. He could not have been indifferent to the debate that centred on the termination of Caesar's command in Gaul, and the legislative technicalities that surrounded it. The major problem was that Caesar needed the consulship immediately after his proconsulship, so that he could step from one appointment to the next without giving up his imperium.

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