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*Includes pictures of famous art depicting Augustus and important people, places, and events in his life. *Discusses Octavian's relationships and political intrigue with his most famous contemporaries, including Caesar, Cleopatra and Antony. *Includes a Table of ContentsYoung men, pay heed to an old man, whom old men harkened when he was still young AugustusA lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of historys most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors Legends of the Ancient World series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of antiquitys most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The importance of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus (or as he was known from birth, Gaius Octavius Octavian Thurinus) to the course of Western history is hard to overstate. His life, his rise to power, his political, social and military achievements, all laid the foundations for the creation of an Empire which would endure for almost five centuries, and whose traditions, laws, architecture and art continue to influence much of Europe and the world today. Octavian was the first true Roman Emperor, and the first man since the Etruscan Tarquins, five centuries earlier, to establish a successful hereditary ruling dynasty in what had been a proud Republic for over half a millennium. He was a canny strategist, an excellent orator, a fine writer, a generous patron of the arts and enthusiastic promoter of public works, but above all he was a master politician. Octavians great-uncle (and adoptive father) Julius Caesar was a great general, his rival Mark Antony was a great soldier, but as a politician Octavian outmatched them all. Certainly, like all men, Octavian had his defects. Like many of the most successful politicians, he could connive, plot and prevaricate with the best of them, and he made full use of the emotional pull that his late beloved great-uncle had over the legions during the course of his rise to power. His justice was also famously heavy-handed, and he was not known for his mercy towards those he defeated in battle or marginalised political opponents. Yet despite all this, he still stands in bronze on Romes Via dei Fori Imperiali to this day, along with the likes of Caesar, Hadrian, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, and he is forever immortalised in all western calendars as the patron of the month of August, which was dedicated to him when he was deified, following his death, as Divus Augustus. Like his adoptive father before him, Octavian is one of those figures whom it is difficult to know exactly what to make of, because he appears, even at a distance, to be larger than life. Yet the amount of personal correspondence and contemporary writings penned by Octavian himself, as well as his friends and associates (and rivals) is such that, when we analyse it all together, a clear picture of the man behind the bronze statue begins to emerge the man who found Rome a city of bricks, but left her behind a city of marble. Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Caesar Augustus provides an entertaining look at the life and legacy of Romes first emperor. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Augustus like you never have before, in no time at all.

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