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from highest quality Carrara Marble with genuine
bronze plated armor, this Caesar Augustus bust
is sure to illuminate almost any room. The original
bust was made from marble and was done after his
Caesar Augustus became the first Roman emperor
after the republic was destroyed by the dictatorship
of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius
Caesar. His autocratic regime is known as the
principate because he was the princeps, the first
citizen, at the head of that array of outwardly
revived republican institutions that alone made
his autocracy palatable. With unlimited patience,
skill, and efficiency, he overhauled every aspect
of Roman life and brought durable peace and prosperity
to the Greco-Roman world.
Caesar Augustus was born Gaius Octavius on September
23, 63 BC to a prosperous family that had long
been settled in Velitrae (southeast of Rome).
His father, who died in 59 BC, had been the first
of the family to become a Roman senator and was
elected to the high annual office of the praetorship,
which ranked second in the political hierarchy
to the consulship. His mother, Atia, was the daughter
of Julia, the sister of Julius Caesar. It was
Caesar who launched the young Octavius in Roman
public life. At the age of 12 he made his debut
by delivering the funeral speech for his grandmother
Julia. In 46 he accompanied Caesar, now dictator,
in his triumphal procession after his victory
in Africa over his opponents in the Civil War.
He was at Apollonia (modern day Albania) completing
his academic and military studies when, in 44
BC, he learned that Julius Caesar had been murdered.