Revised throughout, the second edition of this successful book takes the most recent research in the field into account and reviews the evidence in order to place Augustus firmly in the context of his own times.
History sees Augustus Caesar as the first emperor of Rome, whose system of ordered government provided a firm and stable basis for the expansion and prosperity of the Roman Empire. Hailed as 'restorer of the Republic' and regarded by some as a deity in his own lifetime, Augustus was emulated by many of his successors.
Key topics discussed include:
the background to Augustus Caesar's spectacular rise to power
his political and imperial reforms
the creation of the Republica of Augustus
the legacy Augustus Caesar left to his successors.
Including more coverage of the social and cultural aspects of this complex character's reign, together with an expanded guide to further reading, students will not miss a beat if this book is included on their course reading lists.
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As I say in my Amazon's Home page I'm a history buff and Rome's history from the Republic to the late Empire exceedingly interest me. I enjoy well researched historical novels as McCullough's series "Masters of Rome" or classic texts as Suetonius' "The Twelve Caesars" and Plutarch's "Lives".
I recently discovered the "Lancaster Pamphlets" series that, in their own words, "offer concise and up-to-date accounts of major historical topics... to provide the reader with some of the results of recent research".
David Shotter has studied the end of the Republican Rome period and the Julian emperors in depth, producing several interesting books on the topic.
This is an excellent, very readable and concise bio about Augustus, addressing all the main points to have a clear vision of the character and its times.
The first two chapters describe the background of the agonizing Republic trying to cope with an empire that exceeds its administrative...
A great book to get you started in the field of Augustus. This monograph focuses primarily on the acommplishements and reforms of Augustus after the battle of Actium.
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