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Augustus - First Emperor of Rome

Adrian Goldsworthy

Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government-the Principate, or rule of an emperor. Adrian Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus's rule, the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured, and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability.

Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government-the Principate, or rule of an emperor. Adrian Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus's rule, the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured, and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability.
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Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government-the Principate, or rule of an emperor. Adrian Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus's rule, the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured, and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Derek Perkins

Length:

18h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

35:41


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

30:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

33:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

43:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

45:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

54:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

44:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

54:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

41:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

59:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

57:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

50:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

48:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

57:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

54:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

48:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

53:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:46