Thursday, 4 August 2016

Democracy Vs Grandeur: Was Augustus Good Or Bad For Rome?

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Rome's first Emperor, Augustus (63 BC-14 AD) ruled for over 40 years; expanding territory and establishing many institutions, systems and customs that would endure for many hundreds of years.

Expanding on the dictatorial ambitions of his adopted father, Gaius Julius Caesar, Augustus deftly facilitated the transformation of Rome from a patrician republic to an empire led by a single powerful monarch. But was Augustus' prosperous reign a boon for Rome or a massive leap backwards into despotism?

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