Rabbis expounded and debated the Torah the written Torah expressed in the Hebrew Bible and discussed the Tanakh without the benefit of written works other than the Biblical books themselvesthough some may have made private notes megillot setarimfor example of court decisions. This situation changed drastically, mainly as the result of the destruction of the Jewish commonwealth and the Second Temple in the year 70 and the consequent upheaval of Jewish social and legal norms.
Vitellius 69 The Roman Empire "officially" begins by tradition in 27 BC when Octavian receives the title "Augustus" -- which then becomes the name by which we know him.
We might think that the Empire, Imperium, begins with Augustus becoming Emperor, Imperator, but that is not the case. Imperator simply means "commander," and this had long been in use with a specific meaning.
An imperator was someone with a military command and imperium, which meant both military and civil authority in the area of his command. This made Julius Caesar essentially the dictator of Gaulonce he had conquered it.
That was dangerous, indeed fatal, for the Republic; but in those terms Julius Caesar began the creation of the Roman Empire already as an "emperor. It accompanies the institutional changes that were effected or completed by Augustus.
The institution thus created now gets called the "Principate," from Princeps, "Prince" literally, "comes first". The idea of the Principate is that the forms of the Republic are retained, and the Emperor superficially is simply still an official of the Republic.
Augustus was not a king. He did not even hold the Republican office of Dictator, as Julius Caesar had. But Augustus otherwise assembled offices and authority sufficient to explain the power that he had actually obtained by force.
In time, the Emperor came to be regarded as superior to any mere king, as the reach and authority of many Emperors was indeed great beyond precedent or local comparison.
While it seems natural and obvious to take Augustus as the successor to Julius Caesar and his new Imperial government as the successor to the Roman Republic, there was another way of looking at this.
The astronomer Claudius Ptolemy c. It continues to the reign of Antoninus Pius.
These particular connections occur because 1 the Babylonians had the most advanced astronomy of their age, 2 Babylonian records continued seamlessly into the Persian and Hellenistic periods, 3 elements of this, including considerable data, had been translated into Greek, and 4 Ptolemy himself operated in Alexandria, where these translated Babylonian records were freely available, where Greek astronomy itself reached maturity, and where Ptolemy had at hand the simplest calendar of the Ancient World, the Egyptian day yearwhich continued to be used in astronomy until the introduction of Julian Day Numbers.
Thus, we have the curious mixture of an astronomer whose name is in Latin and Greek, who lives in Egypt, and who uses the Era of a Babylonian King Nabonassar in conjunction with the Egyptian calendar.
This all is striking for Ptolemy's willingness to use the best of all that was available to him -- though it may still surprise some, as we now know independently from Egyptian records, that the astronomy of the Egyptians themselves, except for or perhaps because of their year, had less to offer than the Babylonian.
Thus, Augustus may be seen as more than a Roman ruler, as, indeed, the successor to the universal equivalents of the eponymous archons the Athenian officials used for purposes of dating for all of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European civilization.
From Antoninus Pius, the Canon could easily be continued with Roman Emperors all the way tousing a clue of the numbering given by the Venerable Bedewho has Maurice as the 54th Emperor. Even the presence of the Latin Emperors present no anomaly, since Assyrian Kings were interpolated with Babylonian Kings.
The last ephemeral Western Emperorsso important for the mythology of the "Fall" of Rome, were, of course, simply ignored by Bede. The Canon can then obviously be continued from with the Ottomanswho make for a succession in Constantinople in an even more seamless fashion than Augustus takes over from Cleopatra.
It is a moment, indeed, in the aftermath of World War I, when the idea of monarchy alone as a legitimate form of government, without popular and parliamentary qualifications, pretty much ends.
This was built in the reign of Augustus, around 15 BC. The cartouches on the temple mostly just contain the hieroglyphs"Pharaoh," which seems like a very perfunctory way of representing the Roman Emperor as King of Egypt. High up on the gate, however, and around on the side, I have noticed more complete names, only parts of which I have been able to read, includingglyphs that clearly spell out "Caesar.
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