Augustus, Julius , Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero
Octavion Augustus Caesar
- He was a good writer
- He banished his daughter to an island because of her disorderly behavior. (committing adultery)
- With Augustus as leader, Rome enjoyed prosperity and trade. The empire became more steady throughout the years when Augustus was ruler. New towns, improved roads, and a better army was the result of Augustus as leader.
** He died of old age.
Julius Caesar was born on July 12, 100 BC. He had three wives and one secret lover (Cleopatra). Cleopatra and Julius were not allowed to get married because in Ancient Rome, marriage was only allowed between two Roman citizens.
Julius Caesar was not an emperor, but a dictator.
- Pompey did not intend to fight, but Julius pursued him to. Pompey escaped, but a year later, Julius defeated Pompey, gaining power.
- Plotters set out to kill Julius Caesar on July 15th, when he was heading to the Senate House. Brutus, one of his long time friends was also part of the plan. As he was entering the room, the men threw daggers at him, slowly killing him. His last words were "Et tu Brute" which means, " You too Brutus"
Claudius and Nero
Claudius rose to throne when Caligula was murdered. His physical apperance turned people off, thinking he wasn't a good leader. He had a vulgar appearance. He was a handicap when born, had a hard time speaking, and couldn't keep his balance. He would limp while walking and suffered severe stomach aches, which brought him to the brink of suicide.
- His family thought of Claudius as an embarrassment. No one in his family appreciated him.
* Claudius did make drastic changes to the Roman Empire. He made useful laws, built many buildings, and the tunnel from Lake Lucinus to the River Liris.
Claudius then married his niece Agrippina, who prevailed upon him to set aside his son Britannicus, and to adopt her own son Nero. Claudius became suspicious of the ambitions of his wife for Nero and she resolved to have Claudius killed. Locusta, a noted poisoner, was hired to prepare a dish of poisoned mushrooms, of which Claudius ate: but the poison not proving fatal, the physician Xenophon forced a larger quantity into his throat and Claudius died October 13, A.D. 54.