Caesar Augustus was born as Gaius Octavius who is the most significant character of Roman history. Augustus was having a unique nickname known as Octavian. After the death of Julius Caesar, he became the consul of the Roman empire. Due to his courageous behavior, Octavian became a part of the Second Triumvirate. He significantly defeated Mark Antony in 31 AD and became the unbeatable ruler of the Roman empire. He ruled for more than 40 years, and Romans still remember him due to his lifestyle and nature. In this article, we’ll be discussing some hidden facts about the Roman Emperor, Augustus.
Julius Caesar Was The Adopted Father Of Augustus
He was born on 23rd September 63 B.C. and grew up in a small Roman town. His actual father was a superior senator who unexpectedly died in a war. Octavian’s mother was actually Caesar’s niece. When Octavian was just four, he uses to call Julius Caesar as his great uncle. As the years passed out, Caesar started spending time with Octavian. He started trusting on Caesar as he was growing up. He also started spending time in the military campaign with Caesar. But, in 44 B.C., he was murdered secretly by a group of senators. There were many stories that claim that Caesar was the actual father. Octavian was hurt very badly after the death of his great uncle.
Augustus Was Not The Actual Name
The previous name of Augustus was Gaius Octavius. But, later the first Rome emperor changed his name to Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian). When Octavian was seventeen, he was happily named Augustus by the Roman citizens. He earned innumerable titles in his life such as princeps, Divi Filius, etc. Augustus never wants to follow a luxurious life like emperors. He always worked for the benefit of his empire and lived a simple lifestyle.
Octavian’s Sister Married His Rivalry
As we discussed above, Augustus never wants to lose his great uncle so early. With loads of anger, Octavian raised an army against Mark Antony. He defeated Anthony and won his first war at the age of 17. Due to this historic win, he became the first consul of the Roman Republic. Augustus later became a part of Second Triumvirate which consists of Octavian, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Antony. To take revenge, Octavian was not happy with the defeat of Antony. He wanted to kill him, and now he was more powerful than before. Octavian married to Antony’s stepdaughter. On the other hand, Octavian’s sister married to Antony. Due to this twist, these marriages didn’t last, and even the Second Triumvirate came to an end.
In 32 B.C. he collected various illegal evidence against Antony and his mistress Cleopatra. During the second war, Octavian again defeated the entire forces of his rivalry, but Antony and Cleopatra managed to escape. But, they both committed suicide just after few days. To insult them, Octavian asked his associates to kill Antony’s successor.