Hist 126 Wk 5 - Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #5 Rebecca...

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Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #5 Rebecca Leber-Gottberg 7/22/09 Augustus: An Effective Leader Augustus, who was originally named Octavian, ruled Rome for over four decades from 27 B.C. to A.D. 14. He was Rome’s first emperor and during his reign he brought about many successes. The Senate and the emperor had a cordial relationship and they gave him the name Augustus meaning “the exalted”. The leader of Rome had the agenda of bringing peace to the civilization and to make a region that would remain unwavering and strong through the years. One of the major achievements of Augustus was his ability to stabilize the Roman government. Augustus certainly lived up to the expectations set before him and might have even surpassed them as a triumphant emperor. There will always be flaws in political foundations no matter how well developed a nation is. However, Augustus ultimately helped lead the region to becoming a flourishing empire. He transitioned the government from being an Oligarchy, ruled by few, to Autocracy who had the influence and power of one person. Although Augustus was the ruler, the Senate was seen as an advice-giving part of the government. He saw what the Senate had done to Caesar and because of those actions he tried to show respect towards the governing body. Augustus realized that “the only way to acquire a stable, but autocratic Rome was to employ a piecemeal strategy” (“Why Was Augustus So Successful in Creating the Roman Empire”). Part of the
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achievement of Rome’s first emperor was because of the strategy that he put forth to govern his civilization. Within the years that Augustus reigned, he was able to gain the loyalty of the citizens. During this time the rights of women advanced to obtaining more freedoms than they previously had. Augustus preserved the military and maintained control by paying soldiers who had served for twenty years, which ensured their dedication to not just the army but also their land. Under
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Hist 126 Wk 5 - Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #5 Rebecca...

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