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Augustus Caesar Biographies

Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor by Anthony Everitt. A sympathetic, human biography of "the greatest emperor who ever lived."

Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor by Karl Galinsky. This concise biography examines the Roman emperor Augustus' life from childhood to deification.

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy. Biography of the emperor who was a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless.

Augustus: Image and Substance by Barbara Levick. Charts Roman emperor Augustus' rise, the evolution of his power, and how he sustained it, using artists and writers to glorify his image.

Augustus by Pat Southern. This biography presents a rounded picture of Augustus's life, works, and times, presenting events and ideology from the emperor's perspective.

Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus by Lindsay Powell. Marcus Agrippa waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and married Augustus's daughter Julia. His bloodline lived on in the imperial family to his grandson Caligula and great-grandson Nero.

Augustus as a Leader

Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire: A Brief History With Documents by Ron Mellor. This collection of primary sources offers multiple viewpoints of the rise, achievements, and legacy of Augustus and his empire. Includes a list of literary sources, a glossary of Greek and Latin terms, a chronology, and a selected bibliography.

Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire by Josiah Osgood. Recounts the rise to power of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, and demonstrates how Romans came to accept a new form of government.

Augustus: Caesar's Web - Power and Propaganda in Augustan Rome by Matthew H. C. Clark. Focuses on Augustus's rise to power and how he maintained authority throughout his reign.

Augustus and the Family at the Birth of the Roman Empire by Beth Severy. The notion of family was central to the ideals and image that Augustus sought to promote. This book examines the role of family in the emergence of the Roman empire.

Actium and Augustus: The Politics and Emotions of Civil War by Robert Alan Gurval. Examine contemporary views of the battle and its immediate political and social consequences.

The Battle That Stopped Rome by Peter S. Wells. About the Roman emperor Augustus and the German barbarian leader Arminius, whose army trapped and slaughtered three entire Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest.

Ancient Sources

Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation, and Commentary by Augustus, edited by Alison E. Cooley. At the end of his life, the Roman emperor Augustus wrote this account of his rise to power, conquest of the world, and generosity to his subjects.

The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus by Cassius Dio, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert. Brings to life the ruthless power-seeking as the Roman republic collapsed, the unrest and conspiracies, and the struggles over imperial succession.

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, translated by Robert Graves. Fascinating, easy-to-read, very entertaining introduction to the lives of the first 12 emperors of Rome, including Augustus. Born in 60 A.D., Suetonius served as secretary to the emperor Hadrian.

The Civil Wars by Appianus, translated by John Carter. Covers Roman history from the rise of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC to the eve of the Battle of Actium. Appian is the only surviving continuous narrative source for this period.

The Emperor's Retrospect: Augustus' Res Gestae in Epigraphy, Historiography, and Commentary by Ronald T. Ridley.

The Lost Memoirs of Augustus edited by Anton Powell and Christopher Smith. Scholars reconstruct aspects of Augustus' memoirs, which might have been one of the most revealing texts of Roman history -- had they survived.

Death and Dynasty in Early Imperial Rome: Key Sources, with Text, Translation, and Commentary by J. Bert Lott. Brings together important Latin inscriptions, including recently discovered documents concerning the death of Germanicus and trial of Calpurnius Piso, to illustrate the developing sense of dynasty that underpinned the new monarchy of Augustus.

More Ancient Sources on the Roman Empire


Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome by Anthony A. Barrett. Livia (58 BC - AD 29), wife of Caesar Augustus and mother of Tiberius, wielded power for most of her long life. She has been portrayed as a sinister schemer, but in this biography (the first in English devoted to her) Livia emerges as a much more complex individual.

Empress of Rome: The Life of Livia by Matthew Dennison. Second wife of the emperor Augustus and mother of Tiberius, Livia has been vilified as a scheming murderer. This biography depicts her as a depicts a courageous, gifted woman who created a significant role for herself.

I, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal by Mary Mudd. Portrayed as a devious murderer, Livia (who suffered from colds and chronic arthritis) was actually an amiable soul with a self-deprecating sense of humor.

Tiberius & Julia

Tiberius Caesar by David Shotter. An up-to-date study of the character and life of Tiberius Caesar, focusing on his struggle to meet the demands of his role.

Julia Augusti: The Emperor's Daughter by Elaine Fantham. Scholarly biography of the Roman emperor Augustus's only child, Julia, who went from successful marriage and motherhood to disgrace and exile.

The Annals of Imperial Rome by Cornelius Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant. An ancient Roman account of the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. (The section about Caligula no longer exists.)

Tiberius the Politician by Barbara Levick. A comprehensive and engaging portrait of the life and times of Tiberius.

Tiberius: The Resentful Caesar by Gregorio Maranon.

The Augustan Era

The Age of Augustus by Werner Eck, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider. Describes Augustus's brutal rise to power and the key aspects of his reign, including his relationship with the army and people, and his vast building projects.

Cleopatra's Daughter and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era by Duane W. Roller. Topics include Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII; Pythodoris of Pontos, who ruled northern Asia Minor for 40 years; and Salome of Judaea, sister of Herod the Great.

The Cambridge Ancient History: Volume 10, The Augustan Empire, 43 BC-AD 69 edited by Alan K. Bowman, Edward Champlin, and Andrew Lintott. Beginning with the death of Julius Caesar and ending after the fall of Nero, this book examines Rome's transformation into a dynastic monarchy, and achievement of its first emperor, Augustus.

Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky. An overview of the era's political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion.

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus edited by Karl Galinsky. Written by specialists from the U.S. and Europe, this book's 16 essays explore the character of the period and its social, religious, political, literary, and artistic developments.

The Romans in the Age of Augustus by Andrew Lintott. Examines the workings of Roman society during the reign of Emperor Augustus, including the armed forces, religion, and intellectual and cultural life.

Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub and Mark Toher. These essays offer a reassessment of Augustus's regime, demonstrating how he pacified the Roman Empire and remedied fatal weaknesses in the Republic.

The Julio-Claudian Succession: Reality and Perception of the Augustan Model by A.G.G. Gibson. Essays considering the formation, establishment and continuation of the Julio-Claudian principate from the coming to power of Augustus.

The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus by Paul Zanker, translated by Alan Shapiro.

Romanization in the Time of Augustus by Ramsay MacMullen. Looks at why Roman civilization spread so quickly during Augustus's lifetime.

Novels About Augustus & Tiberius

Augustus: A Novel by John Edward Williams. Fictional account of the life of Octavian, the shy, scholarly youth who became Caesar Augustus. Winner of the 1973 National Book Award.

The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome by Conn Iggulden. Julius Caesar has been cut down. His friends Mark Antony and Gaius Octavian are determined to make those responsible pay with their lives.

Den of Wolves: Empress of Rome Book 1 by Luke Devenish. In ancient Rome, the darkly beautiful future empress Livia Drusilla begins her rise to power.

Nest of Vipers: Empress of Rome Book 2 by Luke Devenish. In the bloody Rome of Emperor Tiberius, three beautiful women are locked in a lethal rivalry.

Tiberius, Reluctant Caesar by George Vass. A novel about the emperor.


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Children's Books

Augustus Caesar by Tammy Gagne. A biography for children.

The Life & Times of Augustus Caesar by Jim Whiting. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Augustus: The First Emperor by Fiona Forsyth. For young adult (teen) readers.

Documentaries and Movies

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Augustus: First of the Emperors. He was heir to the greatest empire on earth but did not know it. Under his brilliant leadership, Rome was restored to unity and order after years of civil war. This documentary from A&E's "Biography" series traces Augustus Caesar's brilliant career. Sometimes available at Amazon..

Augustus. This 2003 television movie stars Peter O'Toole as Augustus Caesar.

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