Augustus Caesar: The rise of the Roman Empire

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Inside the marble-plated building, paintings and an array of ancient works of art adorn the otherwise monotonous walls of this ancient Roman museum. Perfectly handcrafted stone sculptures decorate even the door frames, creating an awe-inspiring sight as visitors come from far and wide to see the history of this vast empire. In the eastern wing of the museum, A group of student photographers gather round the ancient statue of a man who made his mark on history by creating the most fearsome empire in human history, all while setting the course for its inevitable destruction. The statue is of Augustus Caesar, the founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire. A man who, with an incredible lust for power, became the world’s most formidable ruler during his reign…
During his early years, Augustus (then called Octavian), was nothing more than a citizen within the Roman Republic, born into a rich family with close ties to the Roman general Julius Caesar. When Caesar was assassinated by traitors within the senate, Octavian was posthumously adopted as his son. He was only 20 when he formed the Second Triumvirate, a branch of the Roman military, along with two Roman generals Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus.
On the 1st of January 42 BC, 200,000 legionaries marched bravely into battle against the traitors accused of murdering Julius Caesar. Octavian, along with Mark Antony, led this battle and together secured their victory. This resulted in the two assassins committing suicide after surrendering. At this point, relations between Octavian and Antony were quickly approaching dissolution, with conflicting views on how the military should be managed and some talks of a possible mutiny within the Second Triumvirate.
6 years later (36 BC), another war began – between the forces of Sextus Pompeius (a Roman general) and the forces of the Second Triumvirate. For years, Pompeius has been an enemy of...

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