Augustus Collection is pleased to recognize the anniversary of the signing of our namesake Augustus’ will two thousand years ago today.
A clear-sighted forward planner to the last, even Augustus knew that he could not live forever. Two thousand years ago today, he wrote his will and deposited it in the temple of Vesta. In ancient Rome, the honourable reputation of the Vestal Virgins who served there was considered the most reliable safeguard against tampering for wills and other important state documents.
The wealth handed down in Augustus’ will was incredible. According to the Roman author Suetonius, he left around 150 million sesterces to his two chief heirs: Livia, his wife of 51 years, and her son Tiberius. But he also left huge bequests to the people of Rome and his soldiers: 40 million sesterces to the people, a thousand each to the Praetorian Guard, and three hundred each to the ordinary legionaries – all 150,000 of them.
At the time, a legionary soldier was paid just 900 sesterces a year, so Augustus was very definitely the equivalent of a modern multi-billionaire. His fortune came partly from conquering Egypt in 30 BC, and partly from his own inheritances. But he spent ten times more during his lifetime than he passed on to his heirs. The bulk of his money went on soldiers’ pay and pensions, and on transforming the city of Rome from brick to marble.
Augustus died just over a year after writing his will, on 19th August AD 14. Two thousand years later, we too are making preparations for the anniversary of his death on 19th August 2014. The Augustus Collection will be working together with Dr. Penny Goodman at the University of Leeds to bring you a series of blog posts and more as the bi-millennium approaches.
The Commemorating Augustus project is dedicated to exploring this two-thousand-year legacy. We will be asking questions such as: what responses to Augustus have been expressed between his death and the present day? Who has generated them, when, where and how? How has Augustus’ career been received in different cultural contexts? How do 21st-century assessments of Augustus reflect those of the past? And what does Augustus mean today at the time of his bi-millennium?
The foundation of the Augustus Collection demonstrates how powerful the image of Augustus still is today. “The Commemorating Augustus project is delighted to be working in partnership with the Augustus Collection as the bi-millennium approaches. We look forward to sharing insights into his career, and learning how Augustus can serve today as the icon of a modern business empire,” states Dr. Goodman.
As one of our services through Augustus Collection is content writing, we are pleased to bring these fascinating blog posts in collaboration with Dr. Goodman over the next few months. We serve many clients through our content writing program including blog posts, website content, newsletters, and a variety of business content projects. Language translation services are also available.
About Augustus Collection
Founded in 2011, The Augustus Collection is a professional business to business sales and marketing company incorporating specialised programs and platforms for fashion, hotels, hotel groups, travel media and travel technology companies in the European marketplace.
Augustus Couture, an Augustus Collection brand dedicated to fashion featuring “Style Me” personal shopping services in London, an online fashion store “The Look”, and online fashion blog “Couture Novus”.
For more information about Augustus Collection, visit its website at http://www.augustuscollection.com