He established himself as the leader who saved the Roman way of life at the expense of all around him. A charismatic leader, he is best known for one term – the three-year period he ruled over the Roman Empire. As a result of his military success, he went on to conquer foreign lands. In addition to being the most popular Roman emperors, he is also the father of two-faced and Marcus Aurelius.
Caesars’ reign was marked by unprecedented popularity. He established himself as the leader who saved the Roman way of life at the expense of all around him. A charismatic leader, he is best known for one term – the three-year period he ruled over the Roman Empire. As a result of his military success, he went on to conquer foreign lands. In addition to being the most popular Roman emperors, he is also the father of two-faced and Marcus Aurelius.
Augustus was born in Rome, the capital of ancient Rome. After the death of Trajan, the Younger Domitian had been proclaimed “Augusta” by her husband. Though she claimed the throne as consul, it was soon clear that she was more interested in becoming a Roman tribune, exercising control over civil wars, than ruling over the entire empire.
Soon after he succeeded to the throne, Augustus began to restore the glory of Rome and to extend the boundaries of her empire. His major achievements were the raising of the wall of Tiberias, the building of the Capitol, and the deposition of Marc Antony as Caesar. By the end of the second century B.C., however, there were differences between the two Julius Caesar and the Roman leader who became a myth, namely the conception of two monograms, one that recognized him as Caesar and one that designated the tribunes who replaced him as king. This is how the two men came to be known as “the Great King.”
The first recorded appearance of the two men as a couple is during the middle of the third century. Marc Antony, whom we call “Marcus” wished to marry Ogygia, a lady of high rank, and asked the Emperor Trajan to make such an arrangement. When he refused, Antony’s brother, Marcus, went to Trajan and reported that the empress had sent for them to ask for an alliance against the Roman and that they would meet at the” Theatre.” From this point on, the two men were to be recognized as brothers and it was decided that Marcus would be allowed to act as a middle man between the two, thus completing the circle. It is not certain whether the “Theatre” was in fact the private country estate of Trajan or just some place close by the capital, but either way, it seems that the first Roman emperor and his brother, Marcus, went to act as partners, working closely together, making decisions, arranging for minor kings, and, perhaps most importantly, acting as advisers to their respective subjects.
The two men met in person once again after the sack of the city of Troy and were to seal an alliance between themselves, which would eventually lead to the foundation of what we call the Roman Empire. It is believed, though not confirmed, that they may have been chosen as representatives of Rome at the first session of the plebeian assemblies, which was to convene at the end of Augustus’ reigning period. It is also possible that they may have met at the same time as the divine Julius Caesar and may have introduced the idea of instituting a consulate or consuls who would act as representatives for the Roman people when they travelled to other parts of the world. We know that during the later First Century, the two men’s Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, who were leaders of the Roman colony in Sicily, used the same consulate, consuls, and representatives, although it is highly unlikely that they used the same services. Regardless, both of them took part in the deposition of Marcius and subsequently to the deposition of Augustus.
As we have seen, the two men played important roles in the establishment of Rome, and their interaction provides insight into the workings of the imperial Roman government. It also demonstrates the ways in which leaders, especially emperors, used the apparatus of the state to further their own interests. For example, when Augustus learned that Antonius, a general whom he had previously defeated at the Firstarus, had brought a slave with him to serve as his mistress, he punished him publicly by depriving him of all his usual privileges. This led Antonius to be on the look out for any opportunity to take revenge on his errant father, and he managed to do just that in the way he discovered that Mark Antony had was conspiring against his father.
This discovery prompted Augustus to send a consul, Flavius Vatlinus, to investigate the matter. Vatlinus discovered that Antonius was having an affair with a woman whose real name was Flavius. The investigation brought to light the fact that Flavius was aware of the existence of a female slave of Antonius, who was pregnant with another man. In the end, Flavius was arrested along with several of Antonius’ accomplices. His death, however, provided the opportunity for the Roman government to restore peace to Italy.
This discovery provides us with a vivid example of how important it was to have family ties in ancient times. The period of Pax Romana was marked by political and military chaos that ultimately resulted in the downfall of the Roman Empire. But although the political situation in the country declined, the military strength of the empire was unrivaled. Thus, we can learn a lot from the early life of Emperor Augustus concerning the values which he held, and how these governed his personal life.