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Rome: Building the Empire:

Peter Balanck

Augustus became the gold standard by which all future emperors were to be held; his reign was marked by extreme prudence, and while he himself declared he’d found Rome in brick and left it in marble, there’s no doubt his legacy was one of peace and prosperity. He invested in public works, initiated popular reforms and took a special interest in culture owing to his association with the poets Horace, Ovid and Virgil, the historian Livy and the patron of the arts, Maecenas. Augustus died on 19 August in AD 14, and the month of his death was named after him. His adopted son Tiberius succeeded him.

Although Tiberius was a competent, fair-minded military and civic leader, he was dour, prone to holding treason trials and plagued in later life by gossip about his supposedly twisted sexual perversions. But such weaknesses were nothing compared to the emperors who followed: Caligula (literally ‘little boots’) succeeded Tiberius in March AD 37. Remembered as a ruthless tyrant, a ‘monster’ who performed incest with his sisters and wanted to appoint his horse, Incitatus, a consul, Caligula’s reign was notorious and short-lived. He was assassinated on 24 January in AD 41 when one or more Praetorian guards stabbed him to death after a gladiatorial show on the Palatine Hill; the guards then helped manoeuvre Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, into power.

Claudius was the first emperor to be born outside Italy, and became famous for adding Britain to the Roman Empire. He died on 13 October in AD 54, possibly after being poisoned by tainted mushrooms, and was succeeded by his great-nephew Nero.

In AD 64, Emperor Nero was faced with a great fire that destroyed much of Rome; although he rebuilt public buildings, he was notorious for his excesses. Towards the end of his life, he commissioned a gold-painted palace known as Domus Aurea (or Nero’s Golden House), which was so extravagant in its trappings that it helped to harden popular feeling against him. After having his mother and his wife murdered, and persecuting Christians (including crucifying St Peter and executing St Paul in AD 67), Nero committed suicide when he was deposed by the senate. His death, on 9 June in AD 68, ended the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

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