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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Penelope Adair

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Weaver

Third Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Grant


This paper studies Gaius Julius Octavian Caesar (Augustus) who combined the military/political expertise of a Roman Patrician with the practical business sense of the upper middle class (Equites) and as a consequence, his administration revived Rome’s economic fortunes and launched a new period of economic prosperity for the Empire. It also explores the specific actions of Augustus and those near to him that led directly to the revival of Rome’s economic fortunes and the remodeling of Rome and its many celebrated monuments and essential buildings. It concludes with a final summation of the man and his contributions to Rome’s success as an empire and a powerful force in the known world during this time period.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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