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Au·gus·tus(ô-gŭs′təs) 63 bc-ad 14.
First emperor of Rome (27 bc-ad 14) and grandnephew of Julius Caesar. Born Gaius Octavius, he took the name Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus—often referred to simply as Octavian in English texts—in 44 after Caesar's assassination. He defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 and subsequently gained control over Rome and its extensive territories. In 27 he was named emperor and given the honorary title Augustus.
(Biography) original name Gaius Octavianus; after his adoption by Julius Caesar (44 bc) known as Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus. 63 bc–14 ad, Roman statesman, a member of the second triumvirate (43 bc). After defeating Mark Antony at Actium (31 bc), he became first emperor of Rome, adopting the title Augustus (27 bc)
Au•gus•tus(ɔˈgʌs təs, əˈgʌs-)
1. Also called Octavian (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, Augustus Caesar), 63 B.C. – A.D. 14, first Roman emperor 27 B.C. – A.D. 14: heir and successor to Julius Caesar.
2. a title of office given to rulers of the Roman Republic after Octavianus.
A Roman title of honor awarded to Octavian and subsequently adopted as a name as well as a title.