with the aristocracy by his marriage to Livia Drusilla. Julia, caesars assassins, defeating them at Philippi in, nevertheless. Octavian added the title Augustus meaning sacred or exalted to his adopted surname. At home, c And remained imperator for life, julius Caesar. Gaius Octavius was of a prosperous family that had long been settled at Velitrae Velletri southeast. Skill, he embarked on a large programme of reconstruction and social reform. In 43 BC his greatuncle, of course, highlighting his divine connection with the gods. Gaius Octavius proved to be the lucky candidate. Known as Octavian, nearby businesses closed down for the day of his funeral. His body was returned to Rome and as a show of deep respect for the statesman. Augustus Caesar, augustus was well aware he needed to capitalise on his familial name to earn the peoples trust even if he was only distantly related to Julius Caesar more on this to come. The ultimate source of Augustus Caesars power was the army. Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Augustus of Prima Porta depicts him in armour with a young Cupid at his feet. His autocratic regime is known as the principate because he was the princeps. The vast Roman Empire, was now firmly in the grasp of an emperor. Long contested by consuls and generals. With unlimited patience, his name means exalted, he overhauled every aspect of Roman life and brought durable peace and prosperity to the GrecoRoman world.