Rome Celebrates Augustus this August

Aug 18, 2014 891

by Jane Huson

Rome would not have been the same "Eternal City" or "Caput Mundi" without its first emperor. August 19 marks the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Emperor Augustus. Many exciting exhibitions will be available to the public for the very first time as Rome prepares to celebrate this extraordinary historical figure.

Augustus was born Gaius Octavius on September 23, 63 BC. His great-uncle, Julius Caesar, was assassinated in 43 BC, choosing Augustus as his heir. Augustus sought to avenge Caesar by defeating Anthony and Cleopatra. He destroyed them during battle in 31 BC, becoming the undisputed ruler of Rome.

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano


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