#47 – Festina Lente

#47 – Festina Lente

It’s in Spain where we first see the new cautious Augustus. Instead of taking crazy risks, like he sometimes did when he was younger, now that he’s 38, his favourite slogans are now: “festina lente” or “make haste slowly.” This doesn’t mean he isn’t fully aware of his...
#46 – Milites

#46 – Milites

Augustus needed to decide on the size and shape of the army. How many soldiers would he need to maintain the borders and to expand them when desired? And now that the civil war is over, what kind of new discipline is needed?...
#45 – Augustus Goes To Spain

#45 – Augustus Goes To Spain

Before Augustus leaves Rome, the gates of the Temple of Janus were re-opened, which means the peace is officially over. He’s going to war, to restore Roman order to his regions. But these are good old fashioned wars against foreign tribes. They aren’t civil wars. And...
#44 – The Reluctant Dictator

#44 – The Reluctant Dictator

With great reluctance, Octavian allows the Senate to refuse his resignation. It’s a brilliant piece of political theatre. And to celebrate, he gets a new name.  http://media.blubrry.com/caesar/p/traffic.libsyn.com/lifeofcaesar/Augustus_44.mp3Podcast: Play in new...
#43 – I QUIT!

#43 – I QUIT!

On the 1 January 27 BCE, Octavian started his seventh consulship.  On the 13th Jan, the Senate convened with Octavian as presiding consul.  And it was that day, that Octavian quit his job....
#42 – Making Rome Great Again

#42 – Making Rome Great Again

Apart from reviving the traditional institutions, Octavian also starts rebuilding the physical infrastructure of Rome. He ordered the restoration of 82 temples within Rome. So he’s working hard to bring back a sense of religious order and a return to traditional...