Early life of Augustus

Early Life Of Augustus

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The early life of the Roman Emperor Augustus began at his birth in Rome on September 23, 63 BC, and is considered to have ended around the assassination of the Dictator Julius Caesar, his great-uncle and adoptive father, on March 15, 44 BC.

Childhood (63 BC - 48 BC)

Augustus was born Gaius Octavius Thurinus in Rome on September 23, 63 BC.Suetonius, Augustus . He was a member of the respectable, but undistinguished, Octavii family through his father, also named Gaius Octavius, and was the great-nephew of Julius Caesar through his mother Atia Balba Caesonia. The young Octavius had two older siblings: a half sister, from his father’s first marriage, named Octavia Major and a full sister named Octavia Minor. The Octavii were wealthy through their banking business in Velletri (in the Alban Hills), where the family was part of the local aristocracy. Through the works of Gaius Octavius senior, however, the family entered into the senatorial ranks with Octavius senior as the family’s novus homo. Octavius senior’s entrance into the Senate came when he was appointed Quaestor in 70 BC.

In 61 BC Octavius senior was elected Praetor. Since Octavius lacked a direct male presence, he looked to others for that presence. One person who provided such an influence was one of Atia's slaves, named Sphaerus. Sphaerus likely accompanied Octavian to the schools Octavian attended (in either Rome or Velitrae). Sphaerus was such a positive influence on Octavian that he was...
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