On August 19th 14 CE, Augustus (b. 63 BCE), Rome's first, and longest-reigning, emperor, died. His ashes were interred in the monumental mausoleum he had built for himself and his family in the Campus Martius.
Did fate decree that Augustus should die in the month that bore his name, for some years earlier, in 8 BCE, Sextilis had been renamed in his honour!
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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