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  • Augustus was born Gaius Octavius on 23 September 63 BC in Rome. In 43 BC his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, was assassinated and in his will, Octavius, known as Octavian, was named as his heir.
  • I was the first emperor of Rome and I fought to avenge uncle Ceaser and in 31 BC defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium.
  • At home, he embarked on a large programme of reconstruction and social reform. Rome was transformed with impressive new buildings and Augustus was a patron to Virgil, Horace and Propertius, the leading poets of the day.
  • I was originally named Octavius but I changed it to Augustus meaning 'lofty' or 'serene'. Also I made my face go on coins and I had statues of me made!
  • Abroad, he created a standing army for the first time, and embarked upon a vigorous campaign of expansion designed to make Rome safe from the 'barbarians' beyond the frontiers, and to secure the Augustan peace. His stepsons Tiberius and Drusus undertook the task (Augustus had married their mother Livia in 38 BC).
  • Ah, my stepsons!
  • Drusus and Tiberius
  • Between 16 BC and 6 AD the frontier was advanced from the Rhine to the Elbe in Germany, and up to the Danube along its entire length. But Drusus died in the process and in 9 AD the annihilation of three Roman legions in Germany (out of 28 overall), in the Varian disaster, led to the abandonment of Germany east of the Rhine.
  • #EMPTY!!#
  • Augustus was determined to be succeeded by someone of his own blood, but he had no sons, only a daughter, Julia, the child of his first wife. His nephew Marcellus and his beloved grandsons Gaius and Lucius pre-deceased him.
  • I have to announce that I'm afraid my new heir is my stepson Tiberius! As you can see I've dressed him up for the unfortunate occassion
  • Military disaster, the loss of his grandsons and a troubled economy clouded his last years. He became more dictatorial, exiling the poet Ovid (8 AD), who had mocked his moral reforms. He died on 19 August 14 AD.
  • I'm too old and tired i have to now!
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