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2nd Edition

Augustus Caesar

ISBN 9780415319362
Published April 18, 2005 by Routledge
144 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

History sees Augustus Caesar as the first emperor of Rome, whose system of ordered government provided a firm and stable basis for the expansion and prosperity of the Roman Empire. Hailed as 'restorer of the Republic' and regarded by some as a deity in his own lifetime, Augustus was emulated by many of his successors. David Shotter reviews the evidence in order to place Augustus firmly in the context of his own times. Key topics discussed include:

  • the background to Augustus Caesar's spectacular rise to power 
  • his political and imperial reforms
  • the creation of the Republica of Augustus
  • the legacy Augustus Caesar left to his successors.

Revised throughout, the second edition of this successful book takes the most recent research in the field into account. David Shotter also includes more coverage of the social and cultural aspects of this complex character's reign together with an expanded guide to further reading.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Crisis of the Roman Republic  2. The Divine Youht  3. The Powers of Augustus  4. Auctorias - and Patronage  5. The City of Marble  6. The Respublica of Augustus  7. The Empire and the Augustan Peace  8. The Succession  9. The Legacy of Augustus  Appendix I: Chief Dates in the Life and Career of Augustus Caesar  Appendix II: The sources for Augustus' Principate: With Further Reading on the Source Material  Appendix III: Glossary of Latin Terms.  Select Bibliography.  Index of Proper Names and Places

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David Shotter is Professor Emeritus in Roman Imperial History at the University of Lancaster. His many books include Rome and Her Empire (2002), Tiberius Caesar (2nd edition, 2004), Nero (2nd edition, 2004) and The Fall of the Roman Republic (2nd edition, 2005).


'Shotter has given us a clearly written, well-organized introductory survey ... anyone interested in Augustus ... would also find much of value here. A good introduction.' - BMCR