Augustus' Reign Essay

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Augustus, during his reign as emperor proved effective in ruling through the ideas he implemented to solidify his country. Tacitus stated “nullo adversante” which translates into English “Wholly unopposed” (http://janusquirinus.org/Quotes/QuotesHome.html) this identifies the effectiveness of his reign and the strength he had politically over Rome. Important actions such as the creation of religious and moral reforms, the constitutional agreement and the implementation of the building programme all succeeded in creating stability within the Roman Empire.

The religious and moral reforms that Augustus established used ideas such as making family and family honour the centre of life, promoting a return to the earlier ‘golden’ days of Rome,
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To reassure Roman Citizens that prosperity was evident Augustus set about reconstructing the city of Rome. Coins from the period (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=443) illustrate the ‘health of the republic’ which was an essential part in reinforcing the feelings of stability that the Augustus wanted his people to encompass. The use of propaganda was also in an attempt to bolster his power. The reconstruction of the city involved creating essential services such as roads and aqueducts and also glorified Augustus and set in stone his achievements.

The constitutional environment that Augustus created was made slowly overtime to ensure that the Roman people were not shocked by any major changes. Within the new constitution agreement was the variation on traditional parts that Rome had previously been identified with. He refined and downgraded the role of the Senate, yet did not abolish it completely in order to keep the Romans contented. The constitutional environment was another effective action taken by Augustus as it created power solely for the leader of Rome, which was himself and meant that no one could challenge him for his position, it also sought to give legitimacy to
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