Augustus reigned over the Roman Empire from 27BC-14AD. He was posthumously adopted by his maternal great uncle, Julius Caesar, which ultimately led to his succession as the Roman head of state. Despite imperial expansion and a year-long civil war over succession of the Empire, Augustus led the Empire into the Pax Romana, or Roman Peace, for nearly two centuries. Augustus is best known for his physical expansion of the Empire, yet there are many more significant additions to the Empire. Augustus reformed the Roman taxation system, completed a network of travelling roads and implemented the Empire’s first courier system; he created police and fire fighting services in Rome and effectively rebuilt much of the city during his reign.
The images of Augustus and his triumphs throughout his reign are great in number and are portrayed through many different types of media. There are works created during Augustus’ reign that show his preference in both his depiction and the media that was used. A variety of images of Augustus are presented in forms including sculpture, numismatic representation and painting. All images of Augustus portray a man of power, military prowess and beauty. He crafted his image and the story of his legacy to be one of perfection.