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Judging by his own testimony, what admirable qualities does Augustus possess? According to Augustus' own testimony, he was very generous/merciful, he was a great peacemaker and liberator, and of course a great emperor / Roman leader. He claims to be generous/merciful when he said, “…and when victorious I spared all citizens who sought pardon. Foreign peoples who could safely be pardoned I preferred to spare rather than to extirpate . . .” He also said something about paying 300 sesterces to the Roman plebs and also about aiding the treasury with 150,000,000 sesterces from his own pocket. He claims to be a great peacemaker and liberator when he said, “…on my own initiative and at my own expense, I raised an army by means of which I liberated the Republic, which was oppressed by the tyranny of a faction.” He basically claims that he “freed” the Republic from aristocratic oppression, so to speak (when clearly he was trying to establish his own rule and power). He also acted as a peacemaker by “bringing peace to the sea by suppressing the pirates.” Finally, the fact that he was in fact a great Roman emperor was proven by his expansion of Roman boundaries, the soldiers he put in some colonies (testament to his power as ruler, since we know that the amount of army a Roman
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course HISTORY 201 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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