Political Success of Augustus

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Political Success of Augustus The political success of Augustus can be attributed to the advantages inherited to him through Julius Caesar: the divine connection, wealth, and military legions; his success can also be attributed to the adverse effects of the civil wars: a weakened senate and a populous seeking any sign of stability to adhere to. However, Augustus greatest asset and the foundation to his stellar success lay not in the advantages bequeathed to or taken by him (for other men in history have been given similar advantages and failed), but in his opportunistic character. Possessing a watchful eye and patience, he knew when to either extend his reach or bide his time; a trait that breathe a manipulative propagandist genius and beget an empire. On the basis of revenge, the young not yet metamorphosed Octavian was able to rally troops to his side and consolidate power through the elimination of Caesar’s conspirators and those connected therein. These proscriptions killed “150 senators,” further deteriorating an already weakened senate. The proscriptions show not only Octavian’s opportunistic side but also a tactical one. As part of a triumvirate with Mark Antony and Lepidus, any outrage concerning any brutalities committed could not be solely placed on him, even if he was the perpetrator, as in theory the men in a triumvirate balance each other out. Compared to the seasoned Mark Antony, Octavian seemed like a small player when he came onto the seen and he used the dismissal as a serious threat by others including Anthony himself to the utmost degree until he was ready to attack. Once the triumvirate dissolved, Mark Antony was Octavian’s greatest rival; however, due to Antony’s bad political judgments, Octavian was able to manipulate a threatening situation in his favor. Antony had become further entangled with Cleopatra, making himself appear too
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