Augustus Caesar vs. Julius Caesar Essay

673 Words Feb 21st, 2013 3 Pages
Augustus’ sustainable yet inclusive reign of power, combined with his ability to please and play to the Roman masses, permitted his reign as ruler to be far more secure than Julius Caesar’s. Both leaders began their reign over Rome in a similar manner. While Julius took over Gaul at his initiation as a leader, Augustus took over Egypt in his corresponding commencement. They then continued to wage war against their respective partners in power; Julius against Pompey, and Augustus against Marc Antony. However, Augustus then began to differentiate himself from his predecessor’s rule. Augustus constantly demonstrated inclusiveness during his rule in order to provide himself with security. Julius was infamous for alienating the Senate in …show more content…
Augustus also incorporated the strong Roman sense of religion into his rule, utilizing their beliefs to enhance his reputation. He was granted the semi-divine name which defines him even today: Augustus. He was also immediately proclaimed as a divine figure in Rome; by being granted the name Augustus, and also appointing himself “Pontimus Maximus”, Augustus immediately gained the respect of the citizens. While Julius Caesar also declared himself divine through the title of “Pontimus Maximus”, Augustus pursued this positive self-portrayal even further: he proclaimed himself quasi-divine, as a descendant of Venus herself. Augustus established nationwide admiration and approachability, which demonstrated his ability to play to the people of Rome. By implementing further equality, as well as cultural, economic and social reforms, Augustus revolutionized Rome expansively, rightfully granting the period the title of “The Golden Age”. By becoming Tribune of the People, he continued to garner respect from the people of Rome. He was able to bridge the rights of the ordinary Roman citizens and the aristocratic. Upon becoming emperor of Rome, he also established a plethora of changes which conveyed the legitimacy of his leadership in a visible manner throughout the empire. He built 82 temples, public facilities,
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