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The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus

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Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome (27 BC-AD 14), brought peace and prosperity to his city after decades of savage civil war. This selection from Cassius Dio's Roman History gives the fullest description of that long struggle and ultimate triumph - detailing the brutal battles and political feuds that led to the collapse of Rome's 400-year-old republic, and Augustu ...more
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Published February 26th 1987 by Penguin Classics
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Dan
Jul 04, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
Dio is to some extent the victim of circumstances beyond his control. He avowedly imitates Thucydides in his literary and historiographic style. And the surviving portion of his work focuses on roughly the same period covered by Tacitus. As a result, Dio inevitably finds himself compared to the two greatest historians in antiquity.

Viewed objectively, Dio's work provides us with a reliable account of a critical moment in European history. The fictionalized debates between Maecenas and Agrippa and
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Jesse
Sep 01, 2010 Jesse rated it really liked it
Cassius Dio was not an excellent writer, but the information gathered together here, along with the rhetorical exercises, creates a curious and satisfyingly linear impression. One suspects Augustus' reign to have been extremely bloody, but the disingenuous Cassius Dio merely quips, "he killed a number of people at this time," and has his wife, Livia, chastising him for being so brutal and paranoid. This history gives one that depressed feeling of something going horribly wrong, and indeed, it is ...more
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Given I read several accounts of the Civil Wars and they all tended to end at the same point, namely the death of Anthony and the ascendency of Augustus as sole ruler, I realized I didn’t know much about what actually followed except that Augustus had ruled for a long time and was considered the first and most accomplished of the emperors. Because of this, I decided to fill in the blanks so to speak and read Cassius Dio’s account of his reign.

While Augustus was not a brilliant military leader(t
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Bruce
Dec 05, 2010 Bruce rated it liked it
This work is part of a longer history written by Cassius Dio (sometimes referred to as Dio Cassius) early in the 3rd century CE, only part of which remains extant. This present volume presents the years 32 BCE to 14 CE and focuses on the character and reign of Augustus. The author is largely an annalist, presenting events year by year during Augustus’ reign. The work also contains many long “constructed” speeches that, while certainly not verbatim accounts of what was said, nonetheless provide a ...more
Heather Domin
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This was a re-read of the Augustan section of Dio's Rome for research purposes. I still enjoy his way with words.
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Dio is fantastic. I first read this for uni, but I've re-read it for fun.
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