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History Book Report On Augustus Caesar

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The aim of this book is to primarily help students in preparing for Advanced Level examinations. It is also useful in aiding a student who wants to pursue an introductory history course at a university by acting as a resource. Therefore this short book should not be judged as a work of original research, but as a clear and accurate account of the major features of its topic, suitable for reasonably intelligent and motivated readers aged between about sixteen and twenty-one, which preferably also introduces them to the sources and their problems, and explains at least some of the chief controversies. This book aims to bring some of the more difficult themes or problems that confronts students into simpler terms that a textbook would provide to prove to be more readable and to provide better understanding. It supplies the reader with some of the results from recent research which a textbook may not have.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 over the next two centuries. Shotter explores the background to Augustus' spectacular rise to power such as the condition of the Republic before he came to power, his political and imperial reforms, his personal qualities of statesmanship and unscrupulous ambition, and the legacy left to his successors. By examining the hopes and expectations of his contemporaries and his own personal qualities of statesmanship and unscrupulous ambition, the text reveals that the reasons for Augustus' success lie partly in the complexity of the man himself, and partly in the unique nature of the times in which he lived (Shotter 2).III. AnalysisThe author, David Shotter, is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at the University of Lancaster. Professor Shotter has also written books about ancient Rome. In this way, he is seemingly a reliable historian.The basic theme that Shotter seems to make in this book is that Augustus Caesar was a remarkable man in every case. He makes this clear by giving much praise to the character of Augustus Caesar throughout the book. He seemingly wanted to convey to the reader about the spectacular way in which Caesar came to power despite the numerous obstacles that confronted Caesar at the time. Shotter found this to be the sign of a truly remarkable man - beating the odds.By taking a glance at the book, it fools the reader to believe that Shotter has left facts out. But this is not the case with this book. It may look short and abridged, but I believe...

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