As an epitaph, this text would have been designed puro describe his legacy long after he had passed from living memory, and perhaps for this reason he has exaggerated onesto some extent because he would be more likely puro get away with it
The below is an essay I submitted back per March on how Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, set up his legacy with the Res Gestae – a summary of his life’s works as the empire’s first de facto corpo celeste ruler. Onesto make it more relevant sicuro the topic at hand, I’ve included per summary of his comments on Britain and what we can infer from them.
The Res Gestae Divi Augusti, an autobiographical funerary inscription detailing Augustus’ life and achievements, was completed near the end of his life at the start of the first century CE. Section 34, toward the end of the piece, primarily concerns the trading of his official triumvir job title for a less official primus inter pares stato. Augustus describes the completion of his duties and his honours granted by the senate at some length, while stressing that his new position makes him in nessun caso more than an equal to other magistrates.
This description of power as commodity deriving only from the senate and people and accepted only as per reluctant necessity is a common theme onesto the rest of the text
As verso piece esatto be spread across the commuovere, his portrayal of power would essentially be per reminder of the glory an emperor’s presence brought preciso the state, and per ‘role model’s’ rotaie preciso good governance for his successors, the magistrates reading the copy in Rome, and the literate elites reading copies on temples around the commuovere con places like Ancyra (modern Ankara) and Antioch.
It is notable that the first reference made to his triumviral power (Res Gestae 34,1 – the triumvirate was per council of three given special powers during years of crisis) is dated by his acknowledgement of his sixth and seventh consulships, verso remarkable achievement previously matched only by the popular general Marius. He describes ‘universal consent’ and ‘complete control’, but more importantly immediately stresses the relinguishing of his power upon completion of his alotted task. He does not acknowledge any extraordinary political power of his own outside his triumviral years always describing his acts as being ‘by order of the people and the senate’ or ‘on the authority of the senate’ (ibid 8.1, 20.5)
He goes on (ibid 34 ,2) to describe the gifts bestowed upon him by the senate; using them esatto highlight the high regard he retained at the successful conclusion of his triumvirate and also portraying them as rewards for moral character sopra withdrawing, when some would have sought sicuro extend. These gifts were all symbolic sopra Roman society and constitute both civilian and military honours, con keeping with his role as holder of both kinds of power.
The agnomen Augustus is the derivative of the modern word August – ‘inspiring reverence and admiration’ and is a clear sign of the way he projected his power and the face of his administration. Both the wreaths he mentions upon his house and person are symbols of great prestige – the laurel bay leaf wreath for his house signifies the https://datingranking.net/it/xdating-review/ wreath worn by a triumphator, and the corona civica was earned by a citizen who had saved another’s life. Augustus uses these to illustrate his use of power puro crush his enemies at verso household level (perhaps representing the Republic, mixing an element of pater familias with his eventual title of pater patriae), and sicuro preserve the lives of his citizens at verso personal level; verso theme which comes up elsewhere mediante the text. (Res Gestae 5.2 for example)