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Roman Emperors

Family Guide
Tiberius on the terrace of his villa in Capri
The Roman Empire lasted for almost 500 years, during which time it saw 140 emperors. Over 30 were assassinated, executed, murdered or poisoned, and several went mad. The Empire was eventually divided into two parts – the Western Roman Empire, which ended when the Germanic warlord Odoacer defeated Romulus Augustus, in AD 476, and the Eastern Roman Empire, which continued until the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople in 1453.

Augustus

Rome’s first emperor, Augustus (r.27 BC–AD 14), only found out that he had been adopted by Julius Caesar after Caesar’s assassination ...

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