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Augustan Rome 44 BC to AD 14

The Restoration of the Republic and the Establishment of the Empire

J. S. Richardson

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Traces the changing shape of ancient Rome through its political, cultural and economic history

Centring on the reign of the emperor Augustus, volume four is pivotal to the series, tracing of the changing shape of the entity that was ancient Rome through its political, cultural and economic history.

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Series editor's preface
1. Setting the scene
2. The assassination of Julius Caesar and its aftermath, 44-41 BC
3. The life and death of the Triumvirate: from Philippi to Actium
4. Princeps, 29 - 12 BC
5. Emperor and Empire, 12 BC - AD 14
6. The Achievements of the Divine Augustus
Guide to ancient authors
Guide to further reading

About the Author

John Richardson was Professor of Classics at the University of Edinburgh from 1987 to 2002. His main research interests have been in Roman imperialism (on which he published a book, The Language of Empire, in 2008), Roman Spain (Hispaniae (1986) and The Romans in Spain (1996)) and Roman law, on which he has written many articles in major journals. He was President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies from 1998 to 2001.


This is a valuable and unique addition to the proliferating surveys of the age of Augustus. It stands out for its detailed coverage of the political as well as military history of the whole period, the latter of which is often underemphasized in teaching, despite its lasting impact. Instructors interested in training students in how to write history with such a focus will welcome it warmly.

- Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University , Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Richardson narrates Rome’s tortured passage from Republic to Empire with unflinching attention to detail. His account is a sustained tour de force that draws on an unsurpassed mastery of the ancient sources. The Augustus that emerges is less of a hero or a criminal than he has sometimes been imagined, but all the more believable as a result.

- Greg Woolf, University of St Andrews

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