Augustus, born Gaius Octavius, was the very first emperor of the Roman Empire, ruling from 27 B.C.E. until his death in 14 C.E.  He was the great-nephew of Julius Caesar.  Augustus is remembered as a successful ruler, expanding Roman territory, establishing tax reforms, developing a system of roadways and instituting an official network of couriers.  He also instituted police and fire departments, as well as a standing army.  His rule, despite the empire’s militaristic expansion, is remembered as one of considerable peace and progress.  His adopted son and stepson, Tiberius, succeeded him in death. 













 Denarius of Octavian                         Silver                                                   30 - 27 B.C.E.                             2015.16.0045                                         Gift of Ron D’Argenio