The Age of Augustus (Blackwell Ancient Lives) by Werner Eck

By Werner Eck

During this up to date version of his concise biography, Werner Eck tells the extreme tale of Augustus, Rome's first monarch.Incorporates literary, archaeological, and felony assets to supply a shiny narrative of Augustus’ brutal upward push to energy Written through one of many world’s major specialists at the Roman empire lines the historical past of the Roman revolution and Rome’s transformation from a republic to an empire encompasses a new bankruptcy on laws, extra info at the monuments of the Augustan interval, extra maps and illustrations, and a stemma of Augustus’ relations Thorough, uncomplicated, and arranged chronologically, this is often an amazing source for somebody impending the topic for the 1st time

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Other senators followed his example, after a dispassionate or desperate calculation of the odds. Later, during the Augustan era, whether one had fought on the ruler’s side at Actium would be a fact of some importance. Augustus himself stressed in the Res Gestae that at this time he had the support of more than 700 senators – including 83 who reached the highest office, the consulate – and about 170 members of the priestly colleges. Since only the most prominent Romans could achieve either status, Augustus wanted to make clear that everyone who counted in Rome had rallied around him patriotically.

The Triumvirate Fears about the triumvirs’ intentions proved to be justified. They began by dividing the western part of the empire among themselves: Lepidus received the provinces of Gallia Narbonensis and Spain, while Octavian’s share was Sicily, Sardinia, and Africa. Antony retained Gallia Cisalpina and Gallia Comata, however, as had been determined previously by plebiscite. This put him in the strongest position in military terms, while weakening Octavian considerably. The two islands were of little use to him as long as Sextus Pompeius, the surviving son of Pompey the Great, controlled the seas with his fleet.

Although his ships were smaller, they outnumbered Antony’s and were more maneuverable, so Agrippa was able to bottle 42 The Final Battles for Power up his opponent’s large, unwieldy vessels. When it became clear to Cleopatra, waiting with her own fleet in the Gulf of Actium, that Antony was not breaking through the blockade as planned, she ordered her ships to hoist their sails and force their way through the middle of the battle. Antony followed her, and the outcome was decided. His legions capitulated as well, but only after negotiating favorable conditions with Octavian, including discharge bonuses.

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