Roman Empire Augustus Denarius NGC ChAU Str:5 Srf:3 3.58g

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“Have I played the part well? Then, applaud as I exit.” Such were the last words of Emperor Augustus as he lay dying in 14 AD, after ruling over one of the most peaceful and stable periods in Roman history compared with the previous period of civil war after the assassination of his maternal great-uncle, Julius Caesar.

Augustus’ reign was a productive one, marked by expansion of the Roman Empire, annexing Egypt, Dalmatia, and Raetia, and further expanded Rome’s possessions in Africa. He strengthened Rome’s political infrastructure, developing a series of important public works that included a standing army, police force, courier system, fire department and a greatly improved network of roads.

Born in 63 BC, Gaius Octavius Thurinus was ultimately adopted by his great uncle, Julius Caesar, in 44 BC. Because Julius Caesar had no living legitimate heirs under Roman law, Augustus became his heir apparent after his death, setting up a power struggle between Augustus and Mark Antony which would continue for years. Constant intrigue, military strategy and engagement and well-planned marriage alliances set the stage for both Antony and Augustus to struggle to maintain power. During the final war of the Roman Republic, Augustus defeated Antony and Cleopatra, who committed suicide on August 1, 30 AD. Following the advice of Arius Didymus that “two Caesars are one too many”, Augustus ordered the killing of Cleopatra’s son by Julius Caesar, but allowed those fathered by Mark Antony to survive.  

 

 

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