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Augustus ôgŭs´təs, əgŭs´– [key], 63 BC–AD 14, first Roman emperor, a grandson of the sister of Julius Caesar . Named at first Caius Octavius, he became on adoption by the Julian gens (44 BC) Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian); Augustus was a title of honor granted (27 BC) by the senate.

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