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Why Was Augustus A Good Leader

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Critically examine why Augustus was a good leader 11.2.09 Octavian was born in 63BCE, and was later adopted at the age of 19. After Julius Caesar died, Marcus Antonius came to power through Cleopatra (But before, Octavian's sister had married Marcus Antonius, he then cheats on he with Cleopatra). Ever since then Octavian had disliked Marcus Antonius, so when Octavian and Marcus Antonius come to power equally, they tried to make it work, though unwillingly. But soon they end up thinking that Rome is not big enough for two leaders, so they fight at The 'Sea Battle' of Actium, Octavian was the victor and gains full power over Rome. This displays good leadership because it shows that he can fight and that he was a good military leader. As soon as Octavian came to power, he said that he would hand the republic to the Senate, but never does; this demonstrated bad leadership because it shows lies and dishonour. ...read more.

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This shows good leadership because it improves the life of the people. He creates the first Fire Service. This shows good leadership, because it shows that he cares about the people. He also tried to bring back religion into the Roman Society, because he was religious and he felt that it was important to be brought up with religion. He also introduced entertainment and games. His most successful games were Gladiatorial fights. These were brutal, but were huge spectator sports. This showed good and bad leadership, because while he was providing entertainment for his people, he was slaughtering his own people aswell. He soon expands the empire, by taking over Egypt, mainly because the Nile delta is fertile, and so they could grow crops, in fact it becomes so vital, that Egypt becomes his private property, this is why all other emperors ruled from Egypt. ...read more.

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He took him under his wing and Germanicus grew into a threat towards the throne, so Lydia had him killed. He is a bad leader, because this shows how easily he can be tricked, misled, persuaded or deceived, and these are not good qualities in a leader or a country or an empire. However he was also a good leader because when he left Rome he left it in a good and stable position, he created 28 new colonies, he cared for people who served his country and rewarded war veterans with land, he worked extremely hard for himself and his country, but overall he put the peoples' interest first. Overall, He was a good leader because he made Rome stable, conquered Egypt, and left Rome in a good position for the future, however he was easily misled and deceived, which is a very bad sign in a leader. Augustus was a good leader, but he had some major flaws. ...read more.

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