Did Augustus Restore the Republic? Essay
Samuel Francis Kelly
ASSESSMENT 3 SYNOPSIS WORD COUNT: 98 ESSAY WORD COUNT: 2166
“I transferred the Republic from my power to the dominion of the senate and people of Rome” Did Augustus Restore The Republic?
Augustus clearly made an impression in European history achieving much, conquering many and controlling the majority, he did not restore the republic. Adopting a piecemeal strategy, Augustus gradually silenced potential threats to his ambitions to control the Roman Empire under the semblance of restoring the Republic. Deceitful in masking his intent, Augustus acted as if he was reconstituting the Republic, using this as a device to conceal his intent, creating …show more content…
Octavian required a solution to silence these threats. He achieved this in 27BC when he went so far as to summon the magistrate and the senate to his house, and submit an account of the general condition of the empire7, and then through a great display of political tact, resigned. The senate implored Octavian to stay in office by offering him a
Suetonius, T., 28.1-2 Dio Cassius, 53.21.1-2 7 Suetonius, T., 28.1-2
new set of powers, and a new title, the senate in accord with the people of Rome hails thee Father of thy Country.8 Octavian reluctantly and humbly accepted; ‘Having attained my highest hopes, Fathers of the Senate, what more have I to ask of the immortal gods than that I may retain the same unanimous approval of your to the very end of my life.’ 9 Augustus was born. The threat from military rivals was silenced however, several flaws still existed. More power was required. Power far