Augustus Caesar (Lancaster Pamphlets) by David Shotter

By David Shotter

Heritage sees Augustus Caesar because the first emperor of Rome, whose method of ordered executive supplied a company and sturdy foundation for the successive growth and prosperity of the Roman Empire over the subsequent centuries. Hailed as restorer of the Republic' and considered via a few as a deity in his personal lifetime, Augustus grew to become an item of emulation for plenty of of his successors. This pamphlet studies the facts as a way to position Augustus firmly within the context of his personal instances. It explores the historical past to his stunning upward push to energy, his political and imperial reforms, and the construction of the Respublica of Augustus and the legacy left to his successors. via analyzing the hopes and expectancies of his contemporaries and his personal own traits of statesmanship and unscrupulous ambition, Shotter unearths that the explanations for Augustus' good fortune lie in part within the complexity of the guy himself, and in part within the specific nature of the days within which he lived.

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Marcus Primus was proconsul of Macedonia, a province of key significance, lying as it did between Rome and the East: could his offence, therefore, have been connected in some way to relations between Augustus and Agrippa? It seems clear that Augustus did not wish Primus’ offence to receive full disclosure. The redefinition of Augustus’ powers had two key elements: the imperium proconsulare maius (‘overriding proconsular power’) strengthened his connection with the army, whilst the tribunicia potestas (‘tribunician power’) not only provided new means of governing, including access to the tribunician veto, but also marked out its holder as the successor to the traditional ‘champions’ of the plebeian section of the citizen-body.

Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the marriage to THE DIVINE YOUTH 25 Livia represented in both real and symbolical terms one of the most important decisions of Octavian’s life. Octavian, the leader of the Caesarian faction, was now the champion of Republicans and the defender of patriotism, nationalism and traditional respectability; the contrast with the old faction of Julius Caesar could not have been greater. The west was being prepared for a war that was portrayed not for what it really was—a civil war fought between two rivals for political supremacy—but as a great national crusade to defend Rome’s integrity against Oriental barbarism and corruption.

Is termed, represented a fairly direct, though not ostensibly offensive, way of exercising control. The state’s officers were elected as usual, although Octavian was himself automatically elected to one of the two consulships each year; the rest of the provinces retained their traditional form of government, being controlled by proconsuls, who might be exconsuls or ex-praetors according to the standing of individual provinces. The senate met to discuss what the consuls and other competent magistrates put before it, and issued its advice to them in the form of decrees (senatus consulta), whilst the populus and the plebs passed laws and elected magistrates.

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