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"Augustus: The Illustrious One"
Octavius became the first Roman emperor, who was granted the title of Augustus, meaning "the illustrious one". How did he become the successor to Caesar, who died without fulfilling his ambition?
The year is 46 BC. The Roman triumph is held for Gaius Julius Caesar, who has returned to Rome after defeating his political opponent Pompeius in a long civil war. On that night, Caesar hosts a banquet to reconcile himself with the nobles who opposed him. Among the invited guests are Marcus Antonius who is considered a potential successor to Caesar; Cleopatra VII, the Egyptian queen and Caesar's lover; and Brutus who had been treated like a son to Caesar but turned against him during the civil war. When Caesar tells Brutus to give a toast, Pompeia, who is the daughter of the late Pompeius, appears at the banquet. She recklessly slashes at Caesar with her father's keepsake dagger. But she is stopped by Gaius Octavius, who is Caesar's greatnephew and a descendant of the gens Julia that is a Roman prestigious family. Octavius, who returned from his study trip to Greece, is attending the celebratory gathering with his assistant Agrippa. Antonius gives the order to arrest and hang Pompeia in a public place. In contrast, Octavius suggests Caesar to give her a pardon, saying that it can be the symbol of true reconciliation; he eventually succeeds in getting her out of a difficult situation. But Pompeia hurls hateful words at Octavius and then walks away. Octavius asks Caesar why he had to fight against Pompeius who had been for a time his political ally to pursue the same ideals. Caesar says that it is not republicanism but dictatorship that will bring peace to Rome. Having been eagerly waiting for the arrival of new era without hatred under the Republic, Octavius has mixed feelings about the unexpected words from Caesar.
The following day, at the square called Foro Romano, Caesar proclaims a series of his bold policies as he becomes the first Dictator perpetuo (dictator in life) of Rome. In addition, he announces the marriage of Antonius to Octavia, the older sister of Octavius. The Roman people get very excited over the newfound hero, Caesar. In contrast to popular sentiment, however, some statesmen are alarmed by Caesar's dictatorship including the senator Cicero as well as Cassius who was a supporter of the late Pompeius. They urge Brutus to rise up again to save the Roman Republic.
In the meantime, Octavius leaves Foro Romano to visit Pompeia, who expresses her deep hatred for Caesar. Octavius asks Pompeia to let him save her from her hatred. His personal warmth affects Pompeia deeply, whose only hope in life has been revenge.
A few days later, Caesar is assassinated by his political rivals led by Brutus. At his funeral ceremony conducted amid the chaos, Caesar's will is read out. The one named as his successor is neither Brutus nor Antonius, but Gaius Octavius who is a young man longing for peace in Rome. The Roman people's praise for the new hero Octavius gradually turns into strong hatred for the assassin Brutus. Incited by their voices of anger, Octavius swears revenge against Brutus, but…
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"Augustus: The Illustrious One"
Gaius Julius Caesar: