Augustus was a pretty approachable guy (like us!). We tell some stories about how he made himself readily available to everyone from Senators to the general public. And yet they weren’t trying to assassinate him, which says a lot about his popularity by 18BCE. But he was concerned that the elite weren’t getting married and having children, so he passed two pretty unpopular laws – the lex Julia de maritandis ordinibus, which penalised people who weren’t married, and the lex Julia de adulteriis which punished adultery.
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In case you were wondering: For hundreds of years some Jews underwent a surgical procedure known as epispasm—an operation that "corrected" a circumcised penis - so they could fit into Greek and Roman society, where you had to be nude in the gymnasium and baths and sporting events. The surgeon would cut around the glans freeing the sheath of skin surrounding the shaft of the penis, pull the skin forward and dress the wound carefully so that the skin would reattach to the glans leaving a foreskin. ...