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Octavianus
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Roman cognomen, indicating adoption by the gens Octavia (Octavius), in the Imperial period also a family name.

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[1] First Roman emperor (Augustus)

In academic literature, the name O. is often used to denote the first Roman emperor, Augustus, in the period between his testamentary adoption by Caesar in 44 BC and his assuming the epithet Augustus in 27 BC. Born C. Octavius, in 44 he first took the name of his adoptive father C. Iulius Caesar, but ne…

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) and Smolak, Kurt (Vienna), “Octavianus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e827900>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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