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Gaius Octavianus was born on the Palatine in Rome Sep 23, 63 BCE (d. Aug 19, 14 CE), to Gaius Octavius, a homo novus of Velitrae and governor of Macedonia, and Atia, the niece of Julius Caesar (Suet. Aug. 3–4; Tac. An. 1.9–10). Octavian’s father died in 59 BCE, and he was reared by his maternal grandmother, Julia Caesaris, for whom he gave a funeral oration in 51 BCE (Suet. Aug. 8). His stepfather, Lucius Marcius Philippus, introduced him …

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Simmons, Michael Bland, “Augustus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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