How does Augustus portray his own power durante Res Gestae Divi Augusti 34?

As an epitaph, this text would have been designed puro describe his legacy long after he had passed from living memory, and perhaps for this reason he has exaggerated esatto some extent because he would be more likely sicuro get away with it

The below is an essay I submitted back sopra March on how Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, attrezzi up his legacy with the Res Gestae – a summary of his life’s works as the empire’s first de facto stella ruler. Esatto make it more relevant esatto the topic at hand, I’ve included a summary of his comments on Britain and what we can infer from them.

The Res Gestae Divi Augusti, an autobiographical funerary inscription detailing Augustus’ life and achievements, was completed near the end of his life at the start of the first century CE. Section 34, toward the end of the piece, primarily concerns the trading of his official triumvir job title for a less official primus inter pares situazione. Augustus describes the completion of his duties and his honours granted by the senate at some length, while stressing that his new position makes him per niente more than an equal onesto other magistrates.

This description of power as commodity deriving only from the senate and people and accepted only as verso reluctant necessity is verso common theme preciso the rest of the text

As verso piece sicuro be spread across the riempire, his portrayal of power would essentially be verso reminder of the glory an emperor’s presence brought esatto the state, and verso ‘role model’s’ binario sicuro good governance for his successors, the magistrates reading the copy mediante Rome, and the literate elites reading copies on temples around the riempire con places like Ancyra (modern Ankara) and Antioch.

It is notable that the first reference made onesto his triumviral power (Res Gestae 34,1 – the triumvirate was per council of three given special powers during years of crisis) is dated by his acknowledgement of his sixth and seventh consulships, per remarkable achievement previously matched only by the popular general Marius. He describes ‘universal consent’ and ‘complete control’, but more importantly immediately stresses the relinguishing of his power upon completion of his alotted task. He does not acknowledge any extraordinary political power of his own outside his triumviral years always describing his acts as being ‘by order of the people and the senate’ or ‘on the authority of the senate’ (ibid 8.1, 20.5)

He goes on (ibid 34 ,2) sicuro describe the gifts bestowed upon him by the senate; using them sicuro highlight the high regard he retained at the successful conclusion of his triumvirate and also portraying them as rewards for moral character sopra withdrawing, when some would have sought esatto extend. These gifts were all symbolic mediante Roman society and constitute both civilian and military honours, durante keeping with his role as holder of both kinds of power.

The agnomen Augustus is the derivative of the modern word August – ‘inspiring reverence and admiration’ and is a clear sign of the way he projected his power and the face of his administration. Both the wreaths he mentions upon his house and person are symbols of great prestige – the laurel bay leaf wreath for his house signifies the wreath worn by a triumphator, and the corona civica was earned by per citizen who had saved another’s life. Augustus uses these esatto illustrate his use of power onesto crush his enemies at per household level (perhaps representing the Republic, missaggio an element of pater familias with his eventual title of pater patriae), and sicuro preserve the lives of his citizens at a personal level; verso theme which comes up elsewhere con the text. (Res tagliandi skout Gestae 5.2 for example)