IX. The Early Caesars: Tiberius and Caligula

Tiberius Caesar
A bust of the Emperor Tiberius. A grim and unhappy man, he succeeded to the throne in 14 AD.

 

As Augustus approached the end of his lifetime, he had every reason to feel proud of himself.

 

His incredibly accomplished career had brought an end to a hundred years of instability and civil strife. He had unified, strengthened, enriched and expanded the Roman world, masterminding its transformation from Continue reading IX. The Early Caesars: Tiberius and Caligula

VIII. Augustus and the End of the Republic: Part 2

Augustus wearing the laurel crown

 

It had taken nearly 15 years of blood, sweat and sleepless nights but now Octavian, like Caesar before him, had finally clawed his way to the top and made himself master of the Roman world. However, his work was far from finished, and the question Octavian now had to Continue reading VIII. Augustus and the End of the Republic: Part 2

VII. Augustus and the End of the Republic: Part 1

Augustus of Prima Porta
Statue-Augustus” by Till Niermann is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Gaius Octavius Thurinus was no one special. At least, that was how he would’ve seemed to anyone who knew him as a boy. As the clever but perpetually ill son of a minor Roman nobleman, no one could have known that little Gaius would grow up to change the course of Roman history. No one could have known that Continue reading VII. Augustus and the End of the Republic: Part 1