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Terrorist, demagogue, tyrant,
last and greatest of the of the republican warlords,
or greatest emperor of Rome?
The Golden Age?

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Irene's Travelogue: Germania 1999

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Ancient Rome as seen in the year 2001

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Irene's travelogue 2002 almost complete

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Augustus  The Deeds of the Divine Augustus (Res Gestae)
Appian of Alexandria
The Civil Wars

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The Histories of Appian, The Civil Wars (Lacus Curtius)

Book IV and V apply

Dio Cassius
(Cassius Dio)
The Roman History:
The Reign of Augustus

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Dio (Cassius Dio) - Roman History(Lacus Curtius)

Books 45 through 56 apply

Note: The book at the right starts at Book 50.

Cicero Selections from Letters on the Rise of Augustus
Letters, etc., in: Perseus, Perseus 4.0 Texts
Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Chapter 3
Nicolaus of Damascus Life of Augustus
Paterculus The Battle of Teutoburg Forest
Suetonius
The Twelve Caesars

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De Vita Caesarum: Divus Augustus
Rolfe translation

De Vita Caesarum: The Divine Augustus
Worthington translation

Tacitus
The Annals

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The Annals

Books I through III apply

Other From Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus to Augustus Caesar - Ancient/Classical History
DIR Augustus
Sources for Augustus and Tiberius
Particularly useful for the numerous photos of statues, etc. of the imperial family at the bottom of the page
Augustan Age - Ancient/Classical History
Octavian and Antony: The Rise of Augustus (John Porter)
Caesar Augustus - virgil.org unfortunately, some of the links are broken
The Mausoleum of Augustus
Ancient History Sourcebook: Egypt under the Roman Empire
A Description of Egypt Under the Principate
Strabo, Geography, c. 22 CE

Suetonius (?): The Life of Horace
Maecenas, Gaius
The Virgil Home Page— Aeneid and extensive links

BOOKS - NONFICTION
The book below also gives some insights into the reign of Augustus:

Barbara Levick
Roman Imperial Biographies

Tiberius the Politician

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G. P. Baker Ronald Syme Karl Galinsky Ramsay MacMullen
Augustus

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The Roman Revolution

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Augustan Culture

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Romanization in the Time of Augustus

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Pat Southern
"Mark Antony" and "Cleopatra" are smaller companion books to "Augustus" 

Anthony Everitt

Augustus

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Mark Antony

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Cleopatra

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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

text

A.M.H. Jones Philip Matyszak Josiah Osgood Anthony A. Barrett 
Augustus (Ancient Culture & Society)

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The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

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Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire

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Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

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Tony Clunn Peter S. Wells Adrian Murdoch  
The Quest for the Lost Roman Legions:
Discovering the Varus Battlefield

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The Battle That Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest

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Rome's Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest

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BOOKS - FICTION
Hermann Broch   Robert Graves
The Death of Virgil

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not an easy read!

Der Tod des Vergil

Original German version of the book

original text

I, Claudius

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the sequel, though not applying here:

Claudius the God

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Ich Claudius Kaiser und Gott

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The German edition of Graves (above right) is a revised and streamlined version of the English orginal in one volume, translation supervised by Graves.
Allan Massie Colleen McCullough John Williams
Augustus

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Anthony

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The October Horse

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Antony and Cleopatra, A Novel

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Augustus

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Updated May 2, 2010

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