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EARLY YEARS Augustus Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus 27BC 14AD In 45 he followed Caesar to Spain In 43 or 42 Caesar named Octavius Master of Horse In March 44 BC when his greatuncle Caesar died Octavius discovered he had been adopted Augustus was born into an equestrian family as Gaius Octavius in Rome on 23 September 63 BC Gaius Octavius his father was the first in he family to become a senator however died when Octavius was only four It was his mother who had the more distinguished connection She was the daughter of Julia sister to Julius Caesar He was of short stature handsome and well proportioned and he also Rulers - grace Though he suffered from bad teeth and generally of feeble health And his body was covered in spots and he had many birthmarks scattered over his chest and belly As for his character it is said that he was cruel when he was young however became mild later on This however might just be because as his position became more secure the need for brutality acts became less because he was still prepared to be ruthless when necessary He was tolerant of criticism possessed a good sense of humor and had a particular fondness for playing dice but often provided his guest with money to place bets Although unfaithful to his wife Livia Drusilla he remained deeply devoted to her His public moral attitudes were strict he had been appointed pontifex priest at the age of fifteen or sixteen and he exiled his daughter and Julia for offending against these principles Octavian served under Julius Caesar in the Spanish
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