The Accomplishments Of Augustus And Constantine, Both Great Men, Changed The Nature Of Rome

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Augustus and Constantine, both great men, changed the nature of Rome. Using the Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization textbook by Paul Dutton, Suzanne Marchand, and Deborah Harkness it can be determined that the true Augusti and forever the “First Citizen of Rome” is Augustus. Through political, spiritual and social reconstruction Augustus saved Rome. The accomplishments of Augustus far outweigh Constantine’s dream. Augustus is the true Augusti and forever the “First Citizen of Rome” because of his political, spiritual and social reconstruction. From his military triumph Augustus received recognition not only from the Roman people, but also the Senate. Augustus used his power for the greater good of Roman and its people. He managed to end the civil wars and transfer the power obtained back to the Senate and people. Through spiritual and social reconstruction, Augustus attempted to restore moral standards in Rome. Augustus restored “eighty-two temples of the gods”(Page 161 Number 20) to resurrect religion in Rome. By restoring public monuments and creating new buildings from his own expenses Romans could take pride in the Empire. The Ara Pacis was used to commemorate Augustus’ return and contained religious symbols where annual sacrifices should have been made. He proves to be a moral leader by integrating and providing for the people of conquered nations with military oath. Augustus’ political, social, and moral reforms encouraged stability and security,…

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