Thursday, March 19, 2015
Res Gestae Augustus Divi by Augustus (2 BCE-14 CE)
In steps Augustus, then known as Octavian. He was the 18 year old nephew of Caesar and not a battle hardened warrior. He was clever and politically savvy, and he had a life long faithful companion who was a brilliant general. Augustus managed to take Rome into peace after it had been at war with itself for over a 100 years. Before he died he wanted his accomplishments recorded and he wanted his mistakes forgotten, so he wrote what was short for a work of writing, but long for an inscription, the Res Gestae Divi Augusti, and had it inscribed on his mausoleum and on monuments across the Roman empire. Remarkable, and not too long a read.