Lessons From the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire (Part 8)
We last left off with
Octavian--now triumphant--became the true first emperor of
Augustus was an anomaly. In his earlier days as part of the Second Triumvirate, he was extremely shrewd, and often gained obedience through brutal means. He was also somewhat unforgiving. According to Suetonius (in his book, The Twelve Caesars), he once had a knight stabbed and killed just for taking notes at a speech he was addressing to a soldiers' assembly. He thought the note taking was perhaps suspicious. During this time, many such acts won him the hatred of the people.
Ironically, he would eventually be remembered for his leniency and fairness, the most revered emperor of all, and later regretted many of his prior actions. Of course, whether he was truly transformed
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