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27 BC – The Roman Empire Begins, Augustus Becomes Emperor

16 Jan

Born Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (now commonly referred to simply as Octavian) he became the first in a long line of superpowers in Rome.  As adopted son and heir to Julius Caesar, he conquered Egypt and was granted the title of Augustus (Latin for “venerable” or “the majestic”) by the Senate.  Augustus’ reign lasted for forty years before his death in 14 AD at the age of seventy-five.  His last words were said to be either “How did you like the performance?” or “Have I played the part well?”

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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Ancient Times

 

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