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Prodigies were a standard feature of Roman historiography and the triumviral period was no exception. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which presents the historical analysis and the ideology of the regime of Octavian/ Augustus. A re-evaluation of Augustus' rise to power in 43-27 BC, and then as sole ruler, will be central to the analysis, focusing particularly on the part played by ideological claims. The single most importance piece of ancient evidence for the ideology of Augustus is the Res Gestae Divi Augusti (RG). The RG was a document written by Augustus, presented to the world as such and read in the Senate after his death.

Keywords: Octavian; Roman historiography; triumviral period



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