Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312404697

ISBN-13: 9780312404697

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ronald Mellor

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During his long reign of near-absolute power, Caesar Augustus established the "Pax Romana," which gave Rome two hundred years of peace and social stability, and established an empire that would endure for five centuries and transform the history of Europe and the Mediterranean. Ronald Mellor offers a collection of primary sources featuring multiple viewpoints of the rise, achievements, and legacy of Augustus and his empire. His cogent introduction to the history of the Age of Augustus encourages students to examine such subjects as the military in war and peacetime, the social and cultural context of political change, the reform of administration, and the personality of the emperor himself. Document headnotes, a list of contemporary literary sources, a glossary of Greek and Latin terms, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 6/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

A Note about the Text
List of Illustrations
Introduction: From Octavian to Augustus
The Collapse of the Roman Republic
The Rise of Octavian
Augustus as Princeps
The New Constitution
Creating a New Elite: Senators and Equestrians
Social and Religious Reform
The Army in War and Peace
Italy and the Provinces
The Imperial Family and Succession
"A City of Marble"
The Golden Age of Latin Literature
The Death and Legacy of Augustus
The Evaluation of Augustus
Principal Literary Sources for the Age of Augustus
The Documents
The Rise of Octavian
Augustus, The Achievements of Augustus, 14 CE
Nicolaus of Damascus, On Julius Caesar's Admiration for the Young Octavius, 20s BCE
Suetonius, On the Ides of March: The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Second Century CE
Appian, On Octavian's First Confrontation with Antony, Second Century CE
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Letters Revealing His Views of Young Octavian, 44 BCE
Appian, On the Second Triumvirate, Second Century C.E.
Tacitus, A Senatorial View of the Civil War, Second Century CE
Plutarch, On Cleopatra's Seduction of Mark Antony, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, On Octavian's Propaganda against Antony, Third Century CE.
Suetonius, On Antony's Propaganda against Octavian in 34 BCE, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, On the Conquest of Egypt, Third Century CE
Augustus as Princeps
Suetonius, On the Restoration of the Republic, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, On the Illness of Augustus in 23 BCE, Third Century CE
Suetonius, Some Anecdotes and Descriptions concerning Augustus, Second Century CE
Macrobius, On Augustus' Sense of Humor, Fifth Century CE
The New Constitution
Cassius Dio, How Agrippa and Maecenas Gave Political Advice to Augustus, Third Century CE
The Law Bestowing Power on the Emperor, January 70 CE
Creating a New Elite: Senators and Equestrians
Suetonius, How Augustus Revised the Membership of the Senate, Second Century CE
The Town of Superaequum Honors a Local Man Who Became a Senator, Early First Century CE
A Town in Asia Honors a Roman Administrator, 6 CE
Social and Religious Reform
Suetonius, On How Augustus Must be Worshipped with the Goddess Roma, Second Century CE
Josephus, On King Herod's Construction of a Temple to Roma and Augustus, Late First Century CE
Suetonius, On Augustus' Restoration of Temples and Revival of Religious Rituals, Second Century CE
The City of Narbo Celebrates the Emperor's Birthday, 11 CE
Cassius Dio, On Augustus' Speech in Favor of Marriage, Third Century CE
Roman Law Codes, Details of Augustan Legislation on Adultery and Marriage, Sixth Century CE
Funeral Oration for an Exceptional Wife, Late First Century BCE
Dionysius of Halicarnassus, On How the Emancipation of Roman Slaves Corrupts the Citizen Body, 8 BCE
Gaius, On Augustan Laws Restricting the Freeing of Slaves, Second Century CE
The Army in War and Peace
Velleius Paterculus, On the Annihilation of Rome's German Legions, First Century CE
Suetonius, On Augustus' Reaction to News of the Disaster in Germany, Second Century CE
Italy and the Provinces
Tacitus, On the Administration of the Empire, Second Century CE
Suetonius, On How Augustus Showed Great Respect for Greek Culture, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, On How Augustus "Shared" Provincial Government with the Senate, Third Century CE
Imperial Edicts for the Government of Cyrene, 7 BCE
Josephus, On Augustus' Confirmation of the Rights of Jewish Communities, Late First Century CE
Philo of Alexandria, On Augustus' Benevolence toward Rome's Jews, 39 CE
The Gospel According to Luke, On the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth, About 80 CE
The Imperial Family and Succession
Suetonius, On the Grandchildren of Augustus, Second Century CE
Tacitus, On Augustus, Livia and Their Family, Second Century CE
Aulus Gellius, A Letter from Augustus to His Grandson Gaius, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, How Livia Gives Advice to Augustus, Third Century CE
Suetonius, A Report on Letters between Augustus and Tiberius, Second Century CE
Suetonius, Augustus Asks Livia: "What Should We Do about Claudius?" Second Century CE
"City of Marble" - Augustan Culture
Horace, I Came, I Fought, I Ran, 23 BCE
Horace, Rejoice: The Egyptian Queen is Dead, 23 BCE
Horace, Augustus Has Brought Peace, 13 BCE
Virgil, A Description of the Battle of Actium, 19 BCE
Ovid, On Jupiter's Praise of Augustus, 8 CE
Vitruvius, On How Augustus Was Patron of the Arts, 23 BCE
Suetonius, On the Emperor as a Builder, Second Century CE
Strabo, A Greek View of Augustan Rome, 20 CE
The Death and Legacy of Augustus
Suetonius, On the Death and Funeral of Augustus, Second Century CE
Cassius Dio, Another Account of Augustus' Death, Third Century CE
Tacitus, On the Funeral of Augustus, Second Century CE
Seneca, On the Clemency of Augustus, 55 CE
Velleius Paterculus, A Soldier's View of Augustus, 29 CE
Pliny the Elder, On the Trials and Tribulations of an Emperor, 75 CE
Philo of Alexandria, Jewish Praise for Augustus, 39 CE
A Glossary of Greek and Latin Terms
A Chronology of Events Relating to Caesar Augustus and the Roman Empire (63 BCE-1453 CE)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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