By Patricia Southern
Regardless of his expertise for self-promotion, the nature of the emperor Augustus isn't published and as such makes this biography specific in its presentation of Augustus the guy. Pat Southern chronologically lines the existence, works and instances of the emperor, providing ideology and occasions from his standpoint to supply a compelling depiction of a unprecedented guy, who was once the guiding gentle within the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.
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Gruen affirms that 'one cannot divide Rome into Caesarians and Pompeians even as late as the year 50', but despite the absence of a definite polarisation of factions, there was already a growing body of resentment against both dynasts. All attempts at compromise were -9- blocked by the tribune Curio, who swept aside suggestions in order to propose a compromise of his own, namely that both Pompeius and Caesar should lay down their commands simultaneously. The Senate voted 370 to 22 in favour of the motion, and the people displayed unequivocal enthusiasm for it, but the proposal was never implemented, despite its obvious popularity.
This meant that the men who were currently in office in Rome would not be the ones who were eligible for provincial governorships the following year, which in turn meant that until the first five years had elapsed, governors would have to be chosen from among the ex-consuls and ex-praetors who were qualified for, but did not necessarily aspire to, this sort of appointment. Thus Cicero was obliged to become governor of Cilicia, very much against his will, because for Cicero the only possible life was in Rome itself.
Philippus trod a careful path between factions in Rome: allied on the one hand to Caesar, he was also attached on the other hand to the powerful elite known as the optimates by the marriage of his daughter Marcia to Cato. He remained on the sidelines of the political scene, and if he did not distinguish himself, neither was he completely extinguished; he neither antagonised nor actively supported either party, and diplomatically remained neutral during the civil war between Pompeius and Caesar.