Augustus Caesar : The Best Emperor Of The Roman Empire

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Augustus Caesar - The Best Emperor of the Roman Empire
By Matthew Allen.
Word count: 764
Teacher: Miss White
Date given: 13-10-17
Date completed: 19-10-17
Plagiarised: 3%

Augustus Caesar was a strong and noble emperor who deserved the title of “The Best Emperor of the Roman Empire”. Augustus was arguably the single most important figure in Ancient Roman history. In the course of his long and spectacular career, he put an end to the advancing decay of the Republic and established a new basis for Roman government that was to stand for two centuries. This essay will discuss how Augustus came into power and how he turned his empire from a civil war into an empire of peace and prosperity which reined for over 200 years. It will also discuss some of his failings and shortcomings that almost put an end to his rule.
Augustus Caesar was born Gaius Octavius on 23rd September 63BC. He was a sickly child with a bleak future. His father died when he was 4 years old and growing up in Rome was dangerous and engulfed by civil war (Goldsworthy, 2014). His great uncle, Julius Caesar won this civil war in 46BC however, as he had no Sons and needed an heir to secure his position as Dictator of Rome, he ultimately adopted Octavius, naming him Augustus Caesar (Mark, 2010). At the age of 19, Augustus found himself thrown into Roman politics after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Cleverly, he formed an alliance with a very successful General known as Marc Anthony.

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