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The Roman Empire

             The Roman Empire, a book written by Colin Wells, depicts the different phases of the Roman Empire through the discussion of its administration and emperors. The Stanford University in Stanford, California published the book in 1984. The history of Rome is quite interesting yet was very disastrous for the people living at the time. The government had drastic uprisings, and, in many cases, the corrupted Senate would provoke a chain of unpleasant events. For the most part, this book focuses on the growth of the social and political institutions of the Roman Empire in its entirety.
             Before Augustus became emperor there were a series of events that took place leading him to his victory. Julius Caesar, his uncle, sent him to study in Apollonia. After Caesar's assassination, Augustus was uncertain about accepting his inheritance, but, nonetheless, he did with the purpose of avenging his uncle's death. At the age of nineteen, he joined the Consulship of Gaius Pansa and Aulus Hirtius in 43 B.C., Augustus, previously known as Octavius, allowed the Senate to use his family name Caesar to gain the confidence of the soldiers and people. .
             After making a deal with Antony, they both joined forces with Marcus Amemilius Lepidus, who was the governor of Gallia Narbonensis and Hispania Citerior and an old follower of Caesar, forming the Commission of the Three for the Organization of the Republic on 23 November 43 B.C. Augustus ruled Rome and Spain while Antony dominated the east and Lepidus was sent off to govern Africa. Augustus by having trouble getting his supplies to Rome made an alliance with Sextus Pompeius and married a certain Scribonia, an older woman who was very difficult to live with and who bore him his one and only child, a daughter named Julia. This arrangement ended rather quickly and brought about conflicts with both Antony and Sextus Pompeius. The two leaders left being Augustus and Antony resulted in the Battle of Actium in 31 B.

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