Life and Career of Octavian/Augustus

Life and Career of Octavian/Augustus

Life and Career of Octavian/Augustus

Directions: Use 3-5 minutes to double check this subject’s Power School for your class grade and work listings verifying that all work is caught up. Read and heed embedded messages. Next, research your part of the following topics and figure out answers to the questions. Write your questions and detailed answers on lined paper or your notebook paper. These questions and related answers are required to be handed in, once the class discussion is completed. You are expected to use the time completely, be through and become knowledgeable. Write down any puzzles you have related to the material on your paper and bring them up during the class discussion. Warning: If you are found to be using your research time for other things, it will hurt your learning and grade. If you think or claim to be done, you are not! Once your assigned part is ready, then help others on your team or study the test resources from Mr. Spitzer’s web page for the upcoming test. No games, non-topic talk or other activities allowed during research time. The class will research as much as time allows before team sharing and whole class discussion. Since there is always more to learn, Mr. Spitzer encourages you to look into this topic more on your own time. Your class work grade includes: 1. Entire use of time while researching. 2. Answer questions & pay attention during team sharing. 3. Paying attention & participate during class discussion. 4. Turning in your readable questions & notes. Team members who do not do their share, provide hasty sloppy answers, disrupt others and use time ineffectivelyin the four grade aspects will be removed from the team and required to write out and turn in all answers on their own for the grade.

Topics to Research

Octavian’s relationship to Julius Caesar

Aftermath fight to Julius Caesar’s death

Octavian and Mark Anthony


Battle of Actium and then events in Egypt

Octavian’s power and rule of Rome

Titles used by and given to Octavian

Politically what Rome became under Octavian

“Pax Romana”

Questions to be able to discuss

  1. Explain Octavian’s relationship to Julius Caesar.
  2. Detail the sides in the Civil War after Julius Caesars’ death and what happened to each of the major players.
  3. Who was Cleopatra and what did her death mean? Plus how did she die?
  4. Explain the strategies and events of the Battle of Actium.
  5. What was Octavian’s proclaimed goal for the Republic after the Civil War?
  6. What really did Octavian do? What power did the First Consul have?
  7. Why did Octavian make sure he did not take the title of king?
  8. Why was Octavian called imperator and what did the term come to mean?
  9. Which were the greater? King, Despot, Tyrant or Emperor? Explain
  10. What title did the Senate grant Octavian in 27 B.C.? What did the term mean?
  11. What did the Republic in effect become?
  12. What was the “Pax Romana” and what impact did it have on Rome?

Essay Options: Chose one and write at least three full paragraphs

  1. What connections to Star Wars do you see in Roman history? Make a list then write up as an essay explaining.
  2. How does Octavian’s career affect you today? Explain.