The failure of Augustus: essays on the interpretation of a paradox

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Augustus did not mean to become the “Founder of the Roman Empire”. We only say this to make sense of what happened later. At the time, there were indeed suspicions. However, Augustus plugged on with his propaganda, with a proud and clear aim in mind. In the end, though, his own persistence defeated him.

In all history, we must first find out what was true at the time. This book focuses always on the particular words of Augustus, and how his mind could be read from them. It is not concerned with any contemporary focus of research in Augustan studies, but offers, rather, a sustained argument over the primacy of the original sources in any historical interpretation. Behind that lies the question of truth itself in any history.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages393
ISBN (Print)1527529347, 1527525929, 9781527525924, 9781527529342
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Rome
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Kings and rulers
  • Religions
  • history
  • Politics and government


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