Centring on the reign of the emperor Augustus, volume four is pivotal to the series, tracing of the changing shape of the entity that was ancient Rome through its political, cultural and economic history. Within this period the Roman world was reconfigured. On a political and constitutional level the patterns of the republic, which sustained an oligarchic regime and a popularist structure, were transformed into a monarchical dictatorship in which the earlier elements continued to function. On an imperial level, the growth in Roman power reached what was virtually its apogee. In literature and the visual arts, new forms of expression, based on those of the previous generations but closely linked to the new regime, showed great achievements. In society and the economy, the effectiveness and dominance of Rome as the centre of world power became increasingly obvious.
About the Author
J. S. Richardson is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Edinburgh.
Table of Contents
Series editor's preface ix
Author's preface xi
Map: The Roman Empire, AD 14 xviii
1 Setting the scene 1
2 The assassination of Julius Caesar and its aftermath, 44-41 BC 10
3 The life and death of the triumvirate: from Philippi to Actium 47
4 Princeps, 29-12 BC 80
5 Emperor and empire, 12 BC-AD 14 135
6 The achievements of the divine Augustus 197
Guide to ancient authors 248
Guide to further reading 255