Augustan Rome 44 BC to AD 14

Augustan Rome 44 BC to AD 14

The Restoration of the Republic and the Establishment of the Empire

eBook - 2012
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"This book deals with the years between the death of Julius Caesar in March 44 BC and that of Augustus in August AD 14. It was a time in which Rome changed radically and what Rome was also changed. Within the constitution of the city these changes seem at first glance strangely contradictory: when Julius Caesar was assassinated he was a dictator and had just been made a perpetual dictator, while at Augustus' death the claim was that the Republic had been restored over forty years earlier; on the other hand Julius had been a dictator within a still recognisable Republic, whereas Augustus was an unchallengeable monarch and had established a family-based dynasty. In this sense, Rome changed within this period from a republic into an empire: it had an emperor. Beyond that, and as part of a longer process, it was now that the Roman Empire began to become what it was to be for the next half-millenniuim, a territorial continuum with Rome, and then Rome and Constantinople, as its centre. Though it was to be another two centuries before all the free inhabitants of the empire were to be citizens of Rome, the elements were in place and the process under way. This volume ... seeks to explain, through a narrative account of the period, how and (so far as is possible) why these remarkable changes came about."--Author's preface.
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, Ă2012
ISBN: 9780748629046
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 266) : illustrations, map


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