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Augustus was the first emporer of Rome and was perhaps the greatest ruler in Romes history Under his rule came prosperity and greatness for the Roman empire Augustus was born on September 23 63 BCE with the given name Gaius Octavius His father died while Octavion was just a child so he was raised by his mother his entire life Octavion led the life of a normal extremely wealthy child of his times In the morning to prepare for a job in government he studied Greek literature philosophy and public speaking He also attended law courts In the afternoon he played ball lifted weights and wrestled In the evening he attended dinner parties with his friends In his teens he caught the attention of his granduncle Julius Caesar Caesar the dictator of Rome at the time was very fond of Octavian In March 44 BCE Caesar was murdered and Octavians life was changed forever A few days after his death Caesars will was read In it he adopted Octavian as his son and gave him three fourths of his fortune with the other quarter going to the people of Rome Once the news of the will had reached Octavian he went straight to Rome Though dissuaded Octavian was determined to avenge Caesars murder and gain complete control of Rome Octavian then took the name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus in honor of his granduncle Octavian had been in competition with Mark Antony for quite some time After years of rivalry and disagreement Octavian joined a political force which consisted of himself Antony and one of Caesars generals Lepidus Together they formed the Second Triumvirate or group of three rulers They planned to gain complete control of the Roman empire Their first order of business was to defeat the armies of Caesars assassins In order to obtain money to pay for their own army the Second Triumvirate accused over 2300 people as being part of
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