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Jonathan Edmondson

Augustus (63 BC - AD 14), the first Roman emperor, brought peace and stability to Rome after decades of strife and uncertainty. He put in place a new institutional framework for the Roman Empire and inspired the ideology that sustained it for the next three hundred years. This book presents a selection of the most important scholarship on Augustus and the contribution he made to the development of the Roman state in the early imperial period.Chapters include: Augustus' dramatic rise to prominence following the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and the nature of his powers first as triumvir, then as Princeps; his policy regarding overseas wars and expansion, his administrative and military reforms of the Roman state; the role of his own family, his wife Livia, his son-in-law Agrippa and his adopted sons Gaius and Lucius Caesar and then Tiberius, in public life; his concern to reinforce Roman religion and family life; the development of an ideology that helped bolster his authority as ruler of an expan

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Anthony Everitt

He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, for all of Western history to follow. Yet, despite Augustus’s accomplishments, very few biographers have concentrated on the man himself, instead choosing to chronicle the age in which he lived. Here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of Cicero, gives a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious subject. Augustus began his career as an inexperienced teenager plucked from his studies to take center stage in the drama of Roman politics, assisted by two school friends, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s rise to power began with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated in the titanic duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The world that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was driven by intrigue, sex, ceremony, violence, scandal, and naked ambition. Everitt has taken some of the household names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few know the full truth about, and turned them into flesh-and-blood human beings. At a time when many consider America an empire, this stunning portrait of the greatest emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing reading. Everitt brings to life the world of a giant, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A study of power and political genius, Augustus is a vivid, compelling biography of one of the most important rulers in history. From the Hardcover edition.

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Barbara Levick

There was, she argues. less difference than might appear between the ambitious youth who overthrew Anthony and Cleopatra and the admired Emperor of later years. However seemingly benevolent his autocracy and substantial his achievements, Augustus' overriding purpose was always to keep himself and his dynasty in power. Similar techniques were practised against surviving and fresh opponents, but with increasing skill and duplicity. and in the end the exhausted members of thepolitical classes were content to accept their new ruler. This book charts the stages of Augustus' rise, the evolution of his power and his methods of sustaining it, and finally the ways in which he used artists and literary men to glorify his image for his own time and times to come. --

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Marietta Horster,Florian Schuller

Er fasziniert bis heute: Augustus! Kriegsherr - Imperator - Friedensbringer. Er gestaltete Staat und Gesellschaft neu, brachte das Römische Reich zu kultureller und wirtschaftlicher Blüte und weitete den römischen Machtbereich aus wie kein anderer. Seine 41-jährige Alleinregierung, nach außen durch zahlreiche Kriege, im Inneren durch eine lang anhaltende Friedensphase geprägt, gilt als Roms Goldenes Zeitalter und sicherte ihm die Weltherrschaft. Die vorliegende facettenreiche Darstellung einer Epoche von weltgeschichtlicher Bedeutung ist spannend und fundiert verfasst von namhaften Spezialisten für Römische Geschichte: Klaus Bringmann, Frankfurt am Main - Werner Dahlheim, Berlin - Werner Eck, Köln - Dorothee Gall, Bonn - Klaus Martin Girardet, Saarbrücken - Helmut Halfmann, Hamburg - Marietta Horster, Mainz - Martin Jehne, Dresden - Christiane Kunst, Osnabrück - Günther Moosbauer, Straubing - Achim Rost, Osnabrück - Michael Sommer, Oldenburg - Holger Sonnabend, Stuttgart - Susanne Wilbers-Rost, Osnabrück.

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Robin Greene

When Professor Robin Greene tells a freshman composition class about her scholarly interest in women's narratives, Samantha Henderson, an African American student, invites Greene to meet her grandmother and to listen to a series of reel-to-reel tapes that both Samantha and her grandmother insist should be part of the official WPA archive of ex-slave narratives. Intrigued, Greene accepts the challenge of authenticating the recordings, but after a full year of unproductive exchanges with historians and archivists, a frustrated Greene decides to transcribe the tapes and to publish the resulting narrative so that readers may judge for themselves if the tapes are-or are not-authentic. In her transcription, Greene presents the first-person account of Sarah Louise Augustus, who comes of age during the Civil War and whose story involves a head-on collision with the moral ambiguities of slavery. Readers follow Sarah Louise as she becomes Augustus-the name she assumes when she takes control of her destiny. Her story begins in the antebellum period and unfolds as Augustus recollects a brutal war and its social carnage. Readers also discover the connections that bind Greene, Sarah Louise, Samantha, and Samantha's grandmother-for these women, surprisingly, share much in common. As a work of historical fiction, Greene's account focuses light on black feminism, on race-specific reactions to historical inquiry, on sexuality and rape, and on the quest for identity. And Greene, who in "real life" teaches English and Writing at Methodist University, becomes Professor Greene, the fictional narrator whose story frames the narrative and whose own scholarly need for authenticity and precision nearly costs her more than she is willing to lose.

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John Williams

By the author of Stoner, the surprise international bestseller After the brutal murder of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of Rome. He is destined, despite vicious power struggles, bloody wars and family strife, to transform his realm and become the greatest ruler the western world had ever seen: Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor. Building on impeccable research, John Williams brings the legendary figure of Augustus vividly to life, and invests his characters with such profound humanity that we enter completely into the heat and danger of their lives and times.

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John Williams

WINNER OF THE 1973 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD By the Author of Stoner In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.

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Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy portretteert keizer Augustus in een ontwapenende biografie. Meedogenloos en menselijk. Gul en gewelddadig. Poëzieliefhebber en politicus. Keizer Augustus was een vat vol tegenstrijdigheden. Maar het opvallendst van alles is het feit dat hij naar de achtergrond van de geschiedenis is verdwenen, terwijl hij meer dan veertig jaar aan de macht is geweest en minstens zo belangrijk was als zijn legendarische oudoom Julius. Dit boek volgt Augustus’ ontwikkeling van krijgsheer tot keizer en zoomt in op wat hem menselijk maakte – zijn huwelijk met Livia, zijn liefde voor het geschreven woord – én wat hem zo uitzonderlijk maakte dat hij in staat was zich een weg naar de top te vechten en daar zo lang te blijven. Want laat er geen misverstand over bestaan: Augustus was een dictator. Maar hij was veel meer dan dat alleen. Historicus Adrian Goldsworthy schrijft met verfrissende eerlijkheid en terechte bewondering over Augustus. Goldsworthy promoveerde in klassieke geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Oxford, met een specialisatie in de Romeinse geschiedenis. Hij is tevens de auteur van onder meer Caesar, De val van Rome en Romeinse Legioenen.

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Adrian Goldsworthy

Caesar Augustus schemed and fought his way to absolute power. He became Rome's first emperor and ruled for forty-four years before dying peacefully in his bed. The system he created would endure for centuries. Yet, despite his exceptional success, he is a difficult man to pin down, and far less well-known than his great-uncle, Julius Caesar. His story is not always edifying: he murdered his opponents, exiled his daughter when she failed to conform and freely made and broke alliances as he climbed ever higher. However, the peace and stability he fostered were real, and under his rule the empire prospered. Adrian Goldsworthy examines the ancient sources to understand the man and his times.

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Fiona Forsyth

Profiles the life and political career of the first Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius Augustus, and the legacy he left behind for future generations.

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Patricia Southern

The first Emperor of Rome holds a perennial fascination for anyone with an interest in the Romans and their Empire. Augustus was a truly remarkable man who brought peace after many years of civil wars and laid the foundations of an Empire that lasted for nearly five centuries. Even today the Roman world still underpins modern society. This revised edition of Augustus incorporates new thinking on many aspects of his rule, and how he achieved such power. The image that he projected of himself and his achievements was benign, hopeful, and heroic, but behind this carefully orchestrated self-promotion he was subtle, clever, scheming and ruthless. He has been labelled as a saviour and as a mafia boss. This account of his life shows how he successfully combined the two extremes.

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Rolf Kussl

Augustus steht im Mittelpunkt dieses Bandes, der zu Kunst, Kultur und Kaisertum vielfältige Überlegungen und Anregungen bietet. Niklas Holzberg: Octavian in der frühaugusteischen Dichtung Wilfried Stroh: Augusteische Kulturpolitik? Michael Lobe: Livius und Ovid als Aufklärer in augusteischer Zeit Ingvelde Scholz: Die Romidee in Vergils Aeneis Sven Lorenz: Zur Ovidlektüre in der Jahrgangsstufe 10 Klaus Stefan Freyberger. Die Baupolitik des Augustus in Rom Klaus Stefan Freyberger / Renate Markoff: Die Ara Pacis Umberto Pappalardo: Einflüsse augusteischer Ideologie Ulrich Eigler / Cornelia Ritter-Schmalz: Kleopatra

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Anthony Everitt

A sweeping biography of Rome's first emperor follows Augustus Caesar as he transformed the Roman Republic into the world's greatest empire, consolidating and expanding Roman power into every aspect of the known world of his time, and examines his life in the context of the world in which he lived. By the author of Cicero. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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Misjoe Verleyen,Marc De Meyer

Op 4 augustus 1914 viel Duitsland België binnen. Eind oktober liepen de fronten vast in de overstroomde IJzervlakte. De bloedige `Grote Oorlog begon. Maar de oorlog trof niet alleen soldaten. Waar de Duitse troepen voorbijkwamen, trokken zij een spoor van vernieling en ze joegen meer dan anderhalf miljoen Belgen op de vlucht. Een miljoen mannen, vrouwen en kinderen trok naar Nederland, een kwart miljoen naar Engeland, driehonderdduizend vluchtten naar Frankrijk. Op de vlucht voor de oorlog, maar vooral voor de brandstichtingen, plunderingen, verkrachtingen en deportaties waaraan de Duitse troepen zich vanaf de eerste maanden schuldig maakten. Het verhaal van de inval en de vluchtelingen kwam in de schaduw van de loopgravenoorlog en de harde bezetting. Dit boek doet hiervan het aangrijpende relaas. Misjoe Verleyen (1948) studeerde geschiedenis aan de KU Leuven en gaf een tiental jaar les voor ze journaliste werd bij Knack. Ze berichtte vooral over buitenlandse politiek, onderwijs en geschiedenis. Haar man Marc De Meyer (1941) studeerde eveneens geschiedenis aan de KU Leuven. Hij werkte aan verschillende geschiedenishandboeken en was leraar aan het Paridaensinstituut in Leuven. In 2010 schreven zij samen het boek Mei 1914, België op de vlucht, naar aanleiding van de zeventigste verjaardag van de inval in België.

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Barbara Levick

Throughout a long and spectacularly successful political life, the Emperor Augustus (63BC-AD14) was a master of spin. Barbara Levick exposes the techniques which he used to disguise the ruthlessness of his rise to power and to enhance his successes once power was achieved. There was, she argues, less difference than might appear between the ambitious youth who overthrew Anthony and Cleopatra and the admired Emperor of later years. However seemingly benevolent his autocracy and substantial his achievements, Augustus’ overriding purpose was always to keep himself and his dynasty in power. Similar techniques were practised against surviving and fresh opponents, but with increasing skill and duplicity, and in the end the exhausted members of the political classes were content to accept their new ruler. This book charts the stages of Augustus’ rise, the evolution of his power and his methods of sustaining it, and finally the ways in which he used artists and literary men to glorify his image for his own time and times to come. This fascinating story of the realities of power in ancient Rome has inescapable contemporary resonance and will appeal equally to students of the Ancient World and to the general reader.

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Barbara Levick

Throughout a long and spectacularly successful political life, the Emperor Augustus (63BC-AD14) was a master of spin. Barbara Levick exposes the techniques which he used to disguise the ruthlessness of his rise to power and to enhance his successes once power was achieved. There was, she argues, less difference than might appear between the ambitious youth who overthrew Anthony and Cleopatra and the admired Emperor of later years. However seemingly benevolent his autocracy and substantial his achievements, Augustus’ overriding purpose was always to keep himself and his dynasty in power. Similar techniques were practised against surviving and fresh opponents, but with increasing skill and duplicity, and in the end the exhausted members of the political classes were content to accept their new ruler. This book charts the stages of Augustus’ rise, the evolution of his power and his methods of sustaining it, and finally the ways in which he used artists and literary men to glorify his image for his own time and times to come. This fascinating story of the realities of power in ancient Rome has inescapable contemporary resonance and will appeal equally to students of the Ancient World and to the general reader.

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Patricia Southern

The first Emperor of Rome holds a perennial fascination for anyone with an interest in the Romans and their Empire. Augustus was a truly remarkable man who brought peace after many years of civil wars and laid the foundations of an Empire that lasted for nearly five centuries. Even today the Roman world still underpins modern society. This revised edition of Augustus incorporates new thinking on many aspects of his rule, and how he achieved such power. The image that he projected of himself and his achievements was benign, hopeful, and heroic, but behind this carefully orchestrated self-promotion he was subtle, clever, scheming and ruthless. He has been labelled as a saviour and as a mafia boss. This account of his life shows how he successfully combined the two extremes.