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Rocky Foundations for Peace: The Life of Octavianus

This is a biographical piece on the first emperor of Rome.  It spans Augustus’ lifetime and achievements. It is written in a novelistic way to appeal to the modern reader. It includes historical documents to give it validity and strength for even those who have studied Augustus’ pursuits. It is an enjoyable read with poetic imagery to bring the Roman Empire to life.



This novella dives into a creative history of the life of Gaius Octavius and his rise to power as Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus – Augustus Caesar, and the instability of Roman society that propelled his accent. Dr. Fiona Nichols presents her first publication This biographical piece explores the reach of his influence, lifetime achievements, and adversaries that consolidated the transition away from the social republic to the totalitarian authority of the Roman Empire. The inclusion of historical records adds strength to the creative investigation and presents the material in an easy-to-read, enjoyable manner.


This piece is perfect for those warming into Roman history and seeking enjoyment during the process. Starting with the power struggle caused by the assassination of Julius Caesar, Dr. Nichols frames the emotional tensions between General Marcus Antonius and Octavian himself, expressed in their follow war featuring Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and her role in the power struggle. This story offers a great insight into the personal and administrative achievements of Augustus and offers an emotional account of the determination and drive that lead to the expansion of the Roman Empire.


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