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Cassius Dio: Augustus addresses the Senate in 27 BC ... I shall lead you no longer, and no one will be able to say that it was to win absolute power that I did whatever has been done till now. Instead, I give up my office completely , and restore to you absolutely everything,— the army, the laws, and the provinces ,— not only those which you committed to me, but also those which I myself later acquired for you. Thus my very deeds also will prove to you that even at the outset I desired no position of power, but in very truth wished to avenge my father , cruelly murdered, and to extricate the city from great evils that came on unceasingly… It is to you senators , to you who are the best and wisest , that I restore the entire administration of the state . The other course I would never have followed, even had it been necessary for me to die a thousand deaths, or even to assume sole power; but this policy I adopt both for my own good and for that of the city. For I myself have undergone both labors and hardships and am no longer able to stand the strain , either in mind or in body…”
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