Contributions of Augustus to the founding of the Roman Empire

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With the research of the modern world, it has become quite clear that Rome was a massive military power in the Ancient World. They conquered all, and were unstoppable. Though, this only came to be through the change from a Roman Republic to the Roman Empire, and only one man could change this. Augustus. Augustus was the first Roman Emperor, and quite frankly the founder of the Roman Empire. Augustus commanded legions of Roman Soldiers, reformed the populous to run more efficiently and started the long reign of Emperors in Rome. Augustus was the sole reason the Roman Empire rose from the ashes of the republic.

Augustus was born into an equestrian family as Gaius Octavius at Rome on 23 September 63 BC. His father, also Gaius Octavius,
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The conspirators meant to drag his body into the Tiber as soon as they had killed him; to confiscate his estate, and rescind all his enactments; but they were deterred by fear of Mark Antony, and Lepidus, Caesar 's master of the horse, and abandoned their intentions.” (Graves, 1979)

After Julius Caesar was assassinated, Octavius was motivated to pursue Caesar’s ways and reforms, but at the same time correct Caesar’s mistakes and befriend both the senate and the people.

During this period of turmoil, the senate consisted of 1000 members, and the senate’s power was greater than it had ever been. This is how the Senate was able to organise such a plot to assassinate Caesar It is written in an account of Suetonius in his, The Twelve Caesars writings. In section 2.35 of his account he writes: “The senatorial order now numbered more than 1,000 persons, some of which were popularly known as ‘Orcus men’, having secured admission after Caesar’s death through influence or bribery. The sight of this sad and ill-sorted rabble repute decided Augustus to restore the Order to its former size and repute by two new acts of enrolment. First, each member was allowed to nominate one other; then Augustus and Agrippa together reviewed the list and announced their own choice.” (Graves, 1979) Obviously this account was written while Augustus was in power, but now we will discuss how he rose to power.

Augustus was the first and foremost of the
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