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Augustus From Revolutionary to Emperor review è 3 ✓ The dramatic story of Rome’s first emperor who plunged into Rome’s violent power struggles at the age of nineteen proceeded to destroy all rivals and than anyone else created the Roman Empire   Caesar Augustus’ story one of the most riveting in Western history is filled wAneuvered his way through twisting alliances during years of civil war Named heir to the murdered Julius Caesar he outwitted and outlasted far experienced rivals like Antony and Brutus Ruling supreme he reinvented himself as a benevolent man of peace and created a new system of government   In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in gre. This review will combine something very old with something very new The very old of course is the title character the Emperor Augustus and his times The very new is a continuation of my thoughts on reaction as a modern political movement You will see how these things fit together and in fact are much the same thing for today than ever everything old is new again And I will begin to distinguish “conservatives” from “reactionaries” as I recently promised I wouldAdrian Goldsworthy is one of those British historians of whom the late John Keegan was probably the first modern example who are tremendously erudite and deeply familiar with the latest scholarship but whose own writings are directed to the educated popular market often with an emphasis on military history Goldsworthy’s particular focus is Rome and his earlier books cover the very famous Julius Caesar Antony Cleopatra and so on This book “Augustus” if you think about it is a departure It focuses on a cipher—the most important man in Rome’s history perhaps the hinge around which that history turns but not one whom people really discuss other than pro forma nods to his role as “First Emperor of Rome” and as the ruler during whose reign Jesus was born We all recognize his statues which were ubiuitous if idealized—you have never seen a statue of an old Augustus though he lived to 75 But what other details can you remember Probably none unless you watched and can remember the second season of the HBO series “Rome” which was excellent though very much not for children and in any case only covered the early parts of Augustus’s career As Goldsworthy points out there exists no biography purely of the man—rather there are books on his times in which he appears dimly or even as a mere spectator and usually most of his reign is almost wholly ignoredThe author therefore offers a straightforward chronological history focusing on the man beginning with Augustus’s birth in 63 BC—the birth itself being less immediately important than what was happening then namely the Catilinarian conspiracy and the ongoing rise of Julius Caesar the maternal great uncle of Augustus Very uickly Goldsworthy cuts to Julius Caesar’s death and subseuent events We get an excellent summary of a confused time We are shown the ambition of the nineteen year old Gaius Octavius known as Octavian to us made the heir of Julius Caesar but lacking experience of both war and command and without an army compelled to make his way back to Rome from Macedonia not knowing what to expect when he got there We review the Second Triumvirate; the battle of Philippi where Brutus and Cassius died; and the growing appreciation or apprehension of relevant men most especially Cicero for the Octavian they had under rated or ignored figuring they could control him something that usually seems to turn out poorly for would be puppet masters Finally in this time period we get the defeats of Sextus Pompeius as well as of Antony and Cleopatra with Octavian then immediately assuming supreme power sidelining but not killing Lepidus the third member of the Triumvirate who in fact lived to a ripe old ageThis history is the history we tend to know of Augustus and as I say he’s the cipher in the mix We thrill to Cleopatra and her asp the death of Cicero and other such episodes not to the growing consolidating yet unspectacular power that Octavian held Augustus after 27 BC Nobody makes movies in which Augustus is the central figure At this point most people studying Rome gloss over the

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Ater 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 histo. I am not an expert in Roman history so I cannot speak to the accuracy of this work However I am in the end impressed by the work First the author has an extensive background in Roman history having written an excellent biography of Julius Caesar as well as works on battles and military matters Second he does not seem to me to go beyond the evidence At any number of points he notes that we cannot know what happened although he sometimes makes an informed guess some biographers have gone way too far with these guesses; Goldsworthy seems to be discreet Third there are a number of maps some rather indifferent and others useful I wonder if there could not have been somewhat and somewhat better Fourth the political structure of Rome is described uite nice3ly including a confusing array of posts that could be held by leadersThe unlikely story of Caius Octavius who became Augustus is well told Goldsworthy begins with what we can gather about his youth and the extraordinary good luck of having been adopted by his great uncle Julius Caesar The background of the first triumvirate Pompey Crassus and Caesar is discussed and the end of their alliance at the top of the dominance hierarchy of Rome After Caesar's assassination the dynamics of Roman politics changed dramatically How Octavius became Augustus and survived the aftermath is again a well told tale A second triumvirate developed Marc Antony Lepidus and Octavius There was much tension among them and a falling out seems to have been inevitable The process by which Augustus emerged as Roman leader is told in considerable detailThen the long career of Augustus as Princeps is related This is again done nicely There was much pain in his life as so many close to him died early We learned of key figures such as Agrippa who helped his leadership and accomplishments His personal life as much as can be ascertained adds a human element to this biographyThis is a fine biography I am impressed that so many years later one could assemble as detailed a story as emerges here

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Augustus From Revolutionary to EmperorThe dramatic story of Rome’s first emperor who plunged into Rome’s violent power struggles at the age of nineteen proceeded to destroy all rivals and than anyone else created the Roman Empire   Caesar Augustus’ story one of the most riveting in Western history is filled with drama and contradiction risky gambles and unexpected success Thrusting himself into Rome’s extremely violent politics while yet a very young man Augustus skillfully m. The first emperor of Rome ruled for 44 years My introduction to Augustus was through historical fiction and I wanted to learn about his life This book was both and less than I was expecting The author obviously did a lot of research and wanted to share it all but I would have preferred a focused biography of Augustus I didn’t really need to know about breast feeding practices the age at which boys got their first haircuts and donned their first adult togas or the name of Marc Antony's current concubine Cytherisif you care Augustus didn’t appear in the first 10% of the book He was 15 when first introduced A great deal of this book consisted of wars and marriages I found that there was too much speculation and not enough entertaining narrative There was too much “may have” “might have” “probably” and “hints at” For example Scipio was chosen consul but he served for less than a year The author writes “We do not have any idea why this occurred but the silence of our sources makes it unlikely that there was any sinister reason for the change” It doesn’t seem right to draw conclusions based on the fact that you can’t find any ancient record describing the cause In any event the author did provide a lot of information but I think I’ll keep looking for a biography of Augustus I’ve rounded 35 stars up to 4 I received a free copy of this book from the publisher