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Augustus, father of western civilization....?

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While I have a very soft spot in my heart for Octavia his sister, and for Iulius Caesar, I let Octavian Augustus' birthday slip by! I am not sure I would say he fundamentally influenced the history of Europe--he did set some things into place surely, but he had nothing to do with how history played itself out after he died. There were so many opportunities for the Empire to have gone oh so so so wrong between his death and 480 ACE. 

 

Mostly he was just plain lucky that Marcus Antonius was as foolish as he was and that he failed where Octavian succeeded. Otherwise---who knows how history might have moved.

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