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Author: Southern, Pat
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1998
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415258555
Volumes: 1; Pages: 288
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In Augustus, Pat Southern reveals the man behind the many, often self-created, legends. She allows us to see the events-his transition from Julius Caesar's heir to successor, the decay of the republic and the emergence of empire-and ideologies of his time from his perspective.
Augustus had no master plan, but he had a keen sense of when to wait, when to act and when to change course as he searched for a form of government that was acceptable to the citizens and senate of Rome. He was the guiding light of the Roman Empire but also genuinely human and consequently often as unsure of what lay ahead as those he led.
Depictions of Augustus abound, (perpetually young, vigorous, and virile), but the hesitations (his cautious return to Rome after Caesar's murder) and the pain (the deaths and turmoil in his family as his own health declined) are absent. This biography of an extraordinary character is unique in its ability to restore the flesh to a figure too easily, and too often, rendered in monumental marble. It is an engrossing tale and a genuine achievement in both scholarship and writing.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Plates
1. Octavius to Octavian
2. Caesar, Son of Caesar
3. Consul and Triumvir
4. The Decisive Decade
5. Empire Building
6. Totus orbis terrarum
7. Profit and Loss
9. The Legacy
"Southern has contributed the first true biography of Augustus Caesar in 75 years."--Publishers Weekly
"[a] crisply written and well-researched biography.. A concise and thoughtful contribution to the literature of one of history's great turning points."--Kirkus