Augustus

Augustus is considered the first of the Roman emperors. Born into an aristocratic family in 63 BC, he was a great-nephew of Julius Caesar (in the early stage of his life he is generally referred to as Octavian by historians). In the period of instability following Caesar’s assassination he rose to power through military and political manoeuvring and secured his rule by defeating his rival Mark Antony at the battle of Actium. An effective military and political leader, Augustus enlarged the Roman empire and set in place the administrative structure which ensured its security for years to come.

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