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Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)

Augustus Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended years of civil war and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him "Augustus." What was the significance of this title? More...
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Augustus was a dictator, but he brought about order and stability after the turmoil of republican era. I think, the Romans should have introduced the institution of elected Principes, who would be rulers with substantial powers (like US presidents). This political formation would constitute something better than both republican way of running the state susceptible to chaos, and the dictatorship characteristic for (at least some) Principes / emperors.
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Interesting read.
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:10:16 PM
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the great time for the roman empire
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Of Augustus’ many names and honorifics, historians favor three of them, each for a different phase in the emperor’s life. From his birth in 63 B.C. he was Octavius; after his adoption was announced in 44 B.C., Octavian; and beginning in 26 B.C. the Roman Senate conferred on him the name Augustus, the august or exalted one. He was born Gaius Octavius Thurinus in Velletri, 20 miles from Rome. His father was a senator and governor in the Roman Republic. His mother Atai was Caesar’s niece, and the young Octavius was raised in part by his grandmother Julia Ceasaris, Caesar’s sister.
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In 8 B.C. Augustus had the Roman month of Sextilius renamed after himself—as his great-uncle and predecessor Julius Caesar had done with July. August was the month of several of the emperor's greatest victories, including the defeat and suicide of Antony and Cleopatra. He did not increase the month's length, which had been 31 days since the establishment of the Julian calendar in 45 B.C.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:35:10 PM
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The Roman Republic would not tolerate elected Princips as the Senate was full of corrupt, wealthy landowners who were grossly afraid of the masses voting in popular leaders that would dismantle their oligarchy. Witness the Gracchi brothers who tried and were killed by the Senate.
Anyway, Rome was always beset by enemies and they always needed Consuls who were mostly undemocratic and came from the Senatorial class but who ably led Roman armies to the defense of their city, and maybe provide the spoils of war to their soldiers in the form of land from the conquered areas.
Such as it was.
You can point to Athens as a democracy but it's golden age was minute to the glory days of Rome. The funny thing about Athens, when it had an able democratic leader, shortly therafter it would exile him. The only exception was Pericles who died of the plague he inadvertently caused by crowding so many people into Athens when the superior Spartan army came a'calling for that decisive land battle that Pericles knew his city could not win.
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Not many guys like him. A great historical person.
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striker wrote:
the great time for the roman empire

Kinda sucked for the rest of us.
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