Download e-book for iPad: Augustus (Roman Imperial Biographies) by Patricia Southern

By Patricia Southern

ISBN-10: 0415258553

ISBN-13: 9780415258555

Regardless of his expertise for self-promotion, the nature of the emperor Augustus isn't published and as such makes this biography precise in its presentation of Augustus the fellow. Pat Southern chronologically lines the lifestyles, works and occasions of the emperor, offering ideology and occasions from his perspective to supply a compelling depiction of a unprecedented guy, who was once the guiding mild within the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

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15 After the battle of Pharsalus and the defeat of Pompeius, Caesar declared for posterity that 'they would have it so', thus placing all the blame on the enemy and exonerating himself from any intention to start a war. He may not have been exaggerating unduly. Motives for the civil war between him and Pompeius derived as much from the machinations of other self-interested parties as from the will of either of the generals, but the situation quickly escalated to the point where neither party could back down.

It is recorded that Caesar was extremely concerned, on one occasion leaping up from his dinner to go and sit by his young kinsman's bedside. Octavius recovered, but not in sufficient time to accompany Caesar to Spain, where the elder son of Pompeius Magnus had assembled a large anti-Caesarian force. The threat was serious, so Caesar left Rome at the end of the year without allowing enough time to conduct the elections of the magistrates for 45. As a temporary measure Caesar was appointed sole consul.

Bibulus was elected as Caesar's colleague, which reveals that the combined weight of Pompeius, Caesar and Crassus, who were still secretive about their alliance, was not yet influential enough to control the elections entirely. Caesar quickly neutralised Bibulus' feeble opposition, leaving the field clear for the promotion of the personal designs of each of the members of the three-man combine. The arrangement was one of mutual support; Caesar needed Pompeius for his political stature, because his own standing did not yet equal that of the greatest soldier in Rome.

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