Monday, October 10, 2011
4 Things I Bet You Didn't Know About Augustus
1) In 9 C.E., when Augustus was 72, he ripped his clothes and took to beating his head against a door. He refused to shave for months. Why? Because in September of that year German tribes ambushed and destroyed the three Roman legions sent to tame them. Never again would Rome attempt to permanently extend its power across the Rhine.
2) Augustus banished both his daughter Julia and his granddaughter Julia for sexual promiscuity.
3) Augustus's last words allegedly included this last question: "Have I played my part in the farce of life well enough?"
4) After Augustus died more than a few people were surprised to discover that he had posthumously adopted his wife in his will.
Posted by DJ at 5:46 PM