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Augustus Caesar

2nd Edition

By David Shotter


144 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History

Lancaster Pamphlets offer concise and up-to-date accounts of major historical topics, primarily for the help of students preparing for Advanced Level examinations, though they should also be of value to those pursuing introductory courses in universities and other institutions of higher education. Without being all-embracing, their aims are to bring some of the central themes or problems confronting students and teachers into sharper focus than the textbook writer can hope to do; to provide the reader with some of the results of recent research which the textbook may not embody; and to stimulate thought about the whole interpretation of the topic under discussion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Ancient, Classical & Medieval