Augustus, First Roman Emperor
Power, Propaganda and the Politics of Survival
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
A key figure in Roman History, Augustus (63 BC–14 AD) was the adopted son of Julius Caesar and the first to lead the Roman Empire; so mighty was he that upon his death the month previously known as Sextilis was renamed in his honor. In this volume, author Matthew D. H. Clark presents a fascinating analysis of how Augustus was able to manipulate the mechanisms of political power and use the classical world’s conception of propaganda to his advantage. Through an examination of the emperor’s relationship with Maecenas, his political advisor, and Agrippa, his great commander, as well as a host of historical personages, including the poets Virgil and Ovid, Augustus helps us understand this remarkable figure’s rise to power, as well as his lasting legacy.
Author's Note on Roman Names
Map of the Roman Empire
Map of Italy
Introduction: 'Boy, You Owe Everything to Your Name'
Part I: The Failure of the Roman Republic
1. The Strains of Empire
2. The Death of the Republic
Part II: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
3. Calculated Risks
4. The Battle for the Empire. 42-30 BC
Part III: Caesar Augustus
5. The Res Publica of Augustus
6. The Frontiers of Empire
7. The Myth of Caesar Augustus
8. Social Engineering: 'Back to Basics'
9. The Imperial Family