Augustus – Chen 7I Discuss Augustus’ use of propaganda in BOTH establishing AND maintaining his power. Augustus, born as Gaius Octavius, started his rise to power when his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, was assassinated during the Ides of March, 15 March 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was named dictator for 10 years and a small group of around 60 Romans became wary of his power threatening the republic. And so the group of conspirators assassinated Caesar in the hopes of ‘saving Rome’. Fortunately for Octavian (as he was known at the time), relativity fortunately anyway, in Caesar’s will, he had adopted him as his son and made him his heir which helped kick-start his rise to power.
At this point in time the Roman Republic had conquered the entire Italian Peninsula and was looking for new places and resources to attain up north. Their gaze landed upon Gaul, a land controlled by many celtic tribes. Julius Caesar had already gained a powerful position in the military and was looking to further his political standing. Because of his ambition the Roman Republic was changed forever. Thesis Statement: Julius Caesar’s family connections and military achievements led to his political rise, but this
Julius Caesar is possibly the most well-known Romans today. While he was not the first dictator of Rome, his consolidation of power marked the end of the Roman Republic and set the foundation of the Roman Empire. This foundation would later be utilized by Julius Caesar’s heir and adopted son, Octavian, to become the first Emperor of Rome. Many of Julius Caesar’s traits made him dangerous to his political opponents. Of these traits, his ambition, his commitment, and his fearlessness were crucial forces that allowed Caesar to amass more political power than any other Roman had before.
Augustus wrote the Deeds of The Devine Augustus, it was a first person account of his rule over Rome. It was written before his death in 14 A.D. Augustus wrote this document as part autobiography and part last will and testament. The main story line of The Deed of The Devine Augustus describes Augustus’ political career, his military success, and ultimately serves as propaganda to inspire the Romans to continue in the path of his empire. The intended audiences of “The Deeds of The Devine Augustus” were the people of Rome, he wanted to shape the way the Roman people would remember him. It was written to give account to the current and future Roman people of all the things he accomplished throughout his lifetime and reign.
It is true that the Roman military power made Latin a lingua franca to a certain limit. As J.N Adam (2013) and Bruno Rochette (2014) suggest in their writings (2013), Latin language, started to spread from the city center (Rome) to the provinces, because of its high status among local elites within Italy and nearby provinces. As the Roman Empire started to grow so did its influence in legal and political matters. Any military or official legal matters were to be conducted in Latin. As such to enforce their presence the Romans used the army, as their prime instrument to strengthen the Roman Empire.
We perform his plays, quote his writings, analyze his sonnets. One of his very first, and most common productions being Julius Caesar. In every act of Shakespeare’s plays, there is a leader that shows skills that make him or her perfect for their job. In Julius Caesar, one of these leaders in Marc Antony. Marc Antony would be a strong leader because he has two important traits that the audience can see through his words and actions throughout the play.
There are distinct parallels between the Age of Pericles and PAX Romana as both ages formed during great periods of conflict, yet continued to advance their civilizations in the most dramatic fashion through the arts and economics. While Pericles ushered in an age of cultural growth with plays, architecture, and Philosophy, the PAX Romana age under Augustus expanded the Roman Empire and capitalized on merchant trade routes. The Age of Pericles is more impressive than PAX Romana due to its enduring influence on the world centuries later. The period known as PAX Romana started after Emperor Augustus quelled civil war and unified the government placing him as the single ruler, however he was not as flamboyant as previous rulers, as he led from behind the scenes. As he restructured the government’s functions, he set his sights at expending the empire, which he did so by pressing west to Spain and North to Germania linking all destinations in between by roads.
Not only were slaves popular, but they were an essential advantage to fulfill the prospects of the empire. Primarily, Roman mythology had strengthened the belief among the people of Rome to own a slave. They believed when Jupiter, the supreme Roman god, overthrew Saturn, the king of gods and the god of harvest, it exhibits a sense of control among resources, or slaves. Slaves were seen everywhere across
His own writing called the Res Gestae, meaning **Great Works**, was in its most basic form a list of all the great deeds, construction projects, and many other things that Augustus did for Rome. Augustus, like his predecessor before him, exploited the mythology that his family line is descended from the Trojan hero, Aeneas and his mother, the goddess Venus. He hired many Roman poets, such as Horace, Ovid, and Virgil. The Aeneid by Virgil is one of the best examples of literary propaganda, specifically in book 7 and 8. In book 7, Aeneas travels to the underworld.
As the support of this point we should look the great Roman historian Tacitus’ words: “Agricola was also thoughtful to provide a liberal education for the sons of the chieftains…and his efforts gave successive result, those who were against the Latin language now became the fluent speakers” (Agricola, 21). Architecture was also a core component of Roman culture. During their authority years, most emperors and
(Tranquillus 113) When studying in Dalmatia, Octavius learned he was heir to Rome, and he sought support in Italy to return to Rome with an army of 10,000 men. (Sizgorich 1) Octavius temporarily allied with Mark Antony to eliminate any anti-Caesarian factions. (Sizgorich 1) This alliance was only temporary because Antony soon would become an obstacle for Octavius, and they would spread
This proved his worthiness to being ruler by justifying his abilities to provide for and protect his empire. Since the Romans did not like that title of king, “he received the title Augustus by decree of the senate.” During his reign, Caesar accomplish countless things, which is why he is still talked highly about to this day. He repaired the conduits of aqueducts, dozens of temples, and completed the Julian forum and the basilica. He did these things because, like Qin, he loved and truly cared about his empire and wanted to see it flourish and restored; not broken and destroyed. His political authority grew stronger as the years went on therefore, he “attained supreme power by universal consent.” He did this by gaining the peoples respect.
Julius Caesar is a leader of an army who after some time took over Rome and ruled for may years.Once Julius Caesar took over power, he transformed what became known, the Roman Empire, he did this by hugely expanding its geography and establishing its “Imperial System”. Julius Caesar had an army of 50,000 loyal men that fought for him. When Julius Caesar was told to give someone his power, he refused and headed to attack Italy, he was not allowed to leave the province, however he ignored this law and went on. After some years, Julius returned to Rome (45BC) as a dictator, however he has replaced disloyal senators with his own, loyal senators. 44BC Julius Caesar was killed by people who thought he did not make right decisions.In 44 BC, Caesar was murdered by those politicians who feared that he was too obsessed with his own importance.