Augustus: Godfather of Europe

Augustus: Godfather of Europe

by Richard Holland


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The Emperor Augustus, ruler of the Roman Empire during the forty-four years that included the birth of Christ, was born a plebeian and brought up in a backwater. So how did this small-town outsider reach the pinnacle of Roman society and become a founding father of Western civilisation? Richard Holland tells his gripping and colourful life in an attempt to restore the much-maligned Augustus to his rightful place in history. As Julius Caesar's adopted son, Augustus burst into the political arena after the Ides of March, provoked civil war to avenge Caesar's murder, and became Rome's first teenage consul. While pretending to restore the Roman Republic he made himself absolute monarch. Worshipped as a god, Augustus presided over a 'golden age' of literature and architecture, and brought unprecedented peace and prosperity to a huge section of mankind -- unintentionally clearing a path for the future spread of Christianity to a world disfigured by slavery and sadistic spectacle. But what of the man himself? Richard Holland reveals the many faces of Augustus -- the reckless lover who abducted Livia, a married woman pregnant by her husband, to be his third wife; the father who sent his only child, Julia, to a prison island for immorality; and the merciful despot who broke his disloyal secretary's legs but saved the life of a boy slave. This enthralling biography sets Augustus firmly in the context of his time, among a motley cast of characters including Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Cicero, Brutus, Virgil and Herod the Great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750929103
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Richard Holland was a journalist for twenty-five years, with eleven years on The Times. His first book on Nero, was published by Sutton in 2000. He lives on the Isle of Man.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Map of the Roman Empire c. AD 14xv
1The Making of a Master Race1
2Roman Murders Roman15
3The Boy Who Missed the War27
4Antony Takes Command45
5The Young Pretender61
6Octavian Fights Back77
7The Teenage General90
8Cicero Plays with Fire103
9The Takeover of Rome118
10Three to Rule the World132
11Twilight of the Republic146
12The New Master of the West160
13Octavian in Love175
14The Menace from the East190
15Suicide on the Nile206
16The Transformation of the State219
17The Summit of Power237
18The Struggle for the Succession251
19The Godfather of Europe268
Genealogical Table277
Select Bibliography297

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