The Line Of Roman Emperors Essay

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"Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble." This was the Emperor Augustus’s last words. I think these words are very significant because he laid the foundations of the Empire and made Rome great. The reign of Augustus was one of the most important as the model that the other emperors would follow. Augustus helped build Rome into what it is and in turn, changed modern society.
Octavius was the first emperor of Rome and was born in 63 B.C. He was originally born in Rome but raised in his parents’ hometown Vilitrae. He was born a plebian but later gained his patrician status when his great uncle, Julius Caesar adopted him. His father died when he was four years old, so his mother married a former governor of Syria. The stepfather didn’t care much for Augustus so he was taken care of by his grandmother and Julia Caesaris.
When Caesar died, Octavius stepped up to claim his inheritance as his successor. At the time, no one knew anything about him other than the fact that he declared that he was Caesar’s heir. Also, to avoid confusion with a different person, he changed his name to Octavian. He went up against Mark Antony, who also wanted some of Caesar’s power as his chief lieutenant. Octavian first tried to get Caesar’s assets and documents through Mark Antony. When that failed, he started to distribute Caesar’s legacy with funds he raised himself. This brought many supporters to him and he soon formed the Second Triumvirate with Mark Antony and Lepidus. Lepidus died in battle so each of the remaining consuls...

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