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Augustus' Reign Essay

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Augustus, during his reign as emperor proved effective in ruling through the ideas he implemented to solidify his country. Tacitus stated “nullo adversante” which translates into English “Wholly unopposed” (http://janusquirinus.org/Quotes/QuotesHome.html) this identifies the effectiveness of his reign and the strength he had politically over Rome. Important actions such as the creation of religious and moral reforms, the constitutional agreement and the implementation of the building programme all succeeded in creating stability within the Roman Empire.

The religious and moral reforms that Augustus established used ideas such as making family and family honour the centre of life, promoting a return to the earlier ‘golden’ days of Rome, linking political corruption to lack of values and thus reinstituting a values system, rebuilding and re-staffing temples to ‘appease the gods and avert crises from the empire, and linking himself to religion through titles and his actions. These ideas were used in the intention of creating stability within the empire and thus creating prosperity. Augustus’ success in the moral and religious reforms was evident as new jobs were created in the temples and through the reconstruction of the temples, his power over Rome was increased as religious titles such as the pontifix maximus and divi filius made him more powerful, and the new marriage laws that he imposed allowed to repopulate Rome with more citizens.

To reassure Roman Citizens that prosperity was evident Augustus set about reconstructing the city of Rome. Coins from the period (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=443) illustrate the ‘health of the republic’ which was an essential part in reinforcing the feelings of stability that the Augustus wanted his people to encompass. The...

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