Augustus senex: old age and the remaking of the Principate

Mary Harlow, Ray Laurence

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In September ad 1, on the occasion of his birthday, Augustus wrote to Gaius, his adopted son and grandson by Julia and Agrippa, complaining about his age, stating that he had passed the climacteric common to all old men, the sixty-fourth year. And I pray the gods that whatever time is left to me I may pass with you safe and well, with our country in a flourishing condition, while you are playing the man and preparing to succeed to my position. (Gell. NA 15.7)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-131
Number of pages17
JournalGreece and Rome
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2017


  • Augustus
  • old age
  • Roman history
  • Roman empire


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