Death of Augustus retells his last 100 days. More is known about them than about the previous 20 years. When Ovid heard of Augustus' death, he wrote a eulogy and a letter, which can be dated, in the complex Roman usage of the time, to year 8.
Sacred Chronology, derived from the Bible, required Augustus to have died in 14. Augustus' age at his death, down to the last day, was added to classical histories in 385 by the recently triumphant Church.
The imperial calendar was started in 1AD, the Year of Our Lord Augustus. He'd started others in Iberia and Asia. A revised time line of the period from Augustus' first consulate to his death is given. It avoids all the contortions required by sacred chronology.
His Conversion to Christ follows Augustus' body to cremation and burial of his ashes in his mausoleum. Augustus cult, the celebration by Augustales throughout the Empire of the founding father, is described. His cult statues as Pontifex Maximus were centre piece of his temples throughout the world, some beyond the Empire, one in Kerala in Southern India. He was revered as Son of God, Prince of Peace and Supreme Judge.
His most devoted followers were demobbed military. They were descendants of the defeated Roman troops of Marcus Antonius, who expected no mercy from Young Caesar. He was merciful in victory, as he had been taught to be by the aged Cicero, a reformed character.
Christianity was developed by John in the Province of Asia. There it absorbed Augustan mythology by stimulus diffusion, a process by which new cultures absorb ideas from existing ones unwittingly. Most remarkably, King Herod the Great did not order the massacre of the innocents. Consul Cicero, in the year of the birth of Augustus did, after he'd executed his political opponents.
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