How Did Augustus Rule

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Augustus’ rule played a key role in the Roman Empire’s safety and expansion. During his 40 years as ruler of the Roman Empire, Augustus nearly doubled the size of the empire by adding territories from Asia Minor and Europe. Through securing alliances, Augustus had an effective rule spanning from Britain to India. Augustus provided more efficient movement of troops, better communication, and easier trade by expanding the network of roads. His campaign of expansion’s aim was to make the Roman Empire safe from the ‘barbarians’ beyond the frontiers. Augustus’ stepsons, Tiberius and Drusus, under his orders, advanced the empire’s border from the Rhine River to the Elbe in Germany as well as to the Danube along its whole length from 16 B.C. to 6 A.D, Augustus’ reign provided the stability needed to begin the Pax Romana; his time as emperor marks the start of what is considered as Rome’s golden age of peace and prosperity. As Augustus did much to broaden and secure Rome, he also beautified it.…show more content…
As the emperor succinctly put it in his last words: “I found Rome of clay; I leave it to you of marble.” His statement, while certainly grand, has truth behind it. Augustus rebuilt 82 temples of the gods, even though many did not require rebuilding. Furthermore, he installed 3 new aqueducts as well as doubling the water flow capacity of the Aqua Marcia. Augustus also built a new grand Forum which still stands in the 21st century. For practical purposes, he also constructed a police and fire department. Countless other venues were also completed or rebuilt by Augustus. Throughout all of his success, the Roman people found Augustus

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