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Heaken friends, Romans, countrymen. We the bleesed children of Rome are gatered here today to honour the divine Parter Patriae, father to as all once known as Gias Octavian now Augustus father of his country. As chosen representitive of the priesthood of Apollo I will this day as requested to speak of this man “first of Romans” There was a time, blessedly unknown to our children when Rome was in chaos, brother against brother, the streets ran red with bloody civil war. Divine Augustus was given that title after he saved the republic by restoring the Pax Romana through the order of his rule. The greatness of Augustus was vast and in every aspect of administration under his authority reflected greatness, even though he possessed no more power than was in accordance with the traditions of our ancestors, in his genius he surpassed all others.
Our divine Augustus was a man of great determination, a determination to make his greatness Rome’s.
In order to share his greatness with Rome, he first was faced with much that would stand in his way. Enemies who lusted after power contrary to the traditions of our ancestors, to serve their own ends. Antony was one such man, one that would bring the moral level of Rome down to his own standards, he who cast aside his good Roman wife for a barbarian tramp. As at the suggestion of Augustus the senate had declared Antony an enemy of the state, Augustus took it upon himself to rid us of this threat and so it was that Augustus freed Rome.
Our divine Augustus was a wise man, and in his wisdom bent his efforts to restore Rome to political order and rid it of corruption, as years of bloody civil war had torn the republic asunder. To this end Augustus reformed the administration and created the principate. Which could hold the balance of politics in order. He created new uses for the Equitorial class, utilising their skills for taxation and banking and trade, for the benefit of the state. This also eliminated old contentions between the Equites and the senate, and reduced equatorial corruption.
He cleared the senate of corruption by ridding it of senators who were incompetent or self-serving. In the provinces to his wisdom was exemplified, establishing localised governments and a set pay for governors so they would not extort there provinces to enrich themselves.
There are some outside this assembly who would claim that divine Augustus, in reforming the republic sought not to save Rome but only to shape it in a way that would give him omnipotent power to rule as rex under the guise of humility. But we know this to be only vicious slander spread by those who would destroy the glory of his name. Did not Augustus offer to surrender his power in the first year of his rule, and we declined because only he could bring us peace. Was not Augustus offered the dictatorship earlier on and declined it. And when the senate and the people consented that he be sole curator over laws and customs never did he take any power contrary to the traditions of our ancestors. Did he not Does this sound like the actions of a self-serving man, no we hear see through see through this slander.
Divine Augustus was a proud man and in his pride he sought to make Rome the heart of power, reflect this in its glory. He made Rome a clean city. He organised the rabble of streets into order with construction regulations, he built public baths and aqueducts, and he cleaned out the river Tiber, providing Rome with clean water. Augustus was also a practical man. He provide Rome with the civic buildings and services that were needed, he built granaries and warehouses, provided a system of fire control and police for the city.
Augustus was a deeply pious man and in his piety he restored 82 temples and built many more. In his role as pontifex maximus he encouraged religion in all aspects of roman life, he encouraged the worship of the gods Venus Mars and Apollo, and for this the people went every day to the temples to pray for his wellbeing.
Divine Augustus was also a cultured man. He built
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Julio-Claudian dynasty, Iulii, Augustus, Octavii, Livia, Mars, Pontifex Maximus, Ancient Rome, Imperial cult
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