Everitt gives the treatment of augustus life the same way he treated the orator ciceros everitt has an easy to follow narrative that guides the reader from the chaotic early life to the stable rule as the first emperor of rome or what augustus called his new regime the principate. As rome s first emperor augustus transformed the unruly republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen his consolidation and expansion of roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations for all of western history to follow. He found rome made of clay and left it made of marble as romes first emperor augustus transformed the unruly republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Augustus the life of romes first emperor by anthony everitt augustus himself is a shadowy figure many books have been written about his achievements but they have tended to focus on the augustan age rather than on the man as he was
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