Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

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By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 598 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 46mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0300178727
  • ISBN 13: 9780300178722
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 110,383

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Caesar Augustus' story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government--the Principate or rule of an emperor. In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus' long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus' rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence western history.

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Author information

Adrian Goldsworthy is a leading historian of the ancient world and author of acclaimed biographies of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra among many other books. He lectures widely and consults on historical documentaries produced by the History Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, UK.

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An "authoritative and always interesting new biography./i>--John Gray"New Statesman" (08/29/2014)