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L1 Introduction to Augustus
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  • 1. Augustus - Introduction
    • Lesson Aims:
    • To understand the background to Augustus
    • To provide an overview of the Roman empire historically and politically.
    • Do now:
    • What do you know about the Roman empire?
    Statue of Augustus from Prima Porta
  • 2. Overview
    • The rule of the emperor Augustus saw one form of government coming to an end and another beginning, although there is no firm dividing line between the two, and he himself would not have acknowledged publicly any changes taking place. To appreciate the scope of Augustus’ political achievement, one needs to understand the historical and political background of the Roman nation.
  • 3. Historical Background
    • Descended from the Trojans through Aeneas
    • Augustus later linked himself with both Aeneas and Romulus.
    • Rome was founded in 753 BC.
    • 510 BC – The end of the Monarchy.
    • First century AD – The fall of the Republic
    • Battle of Actium – 31 BC
    • ‘ The first citizen’
    The temple of Augustus
  • 4. Political Background
    • Rex – Monarchy Senate
    • Consuls – Republic Cursus honorum
  • 5. Using Artus
    • Read through p. 3 of Paul Artus’ book ‘Augustus’ Study Notes’.
    • Take notes on the background to Augustus’ rise to power.
    • Ensure that you have the following words in a glossary:
      • Senate
      • Rex
      • Romulus
      • Republic
      • Pietas
  • 6. Further Background
    • Watch this video which gives an overview of the background to Augustus’ Rise to power.
    • In particular it covers
    the intrigue surrounding Octavian’s election to office and how he deals with the murderers of his father.

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