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View Poll Results: Best Roman Emperor
Augustus 98 63.23%
Trajan 25 16.13%
Hadrian 7 4.52%
Marcus Aurelius 25 16.13%
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Old August 15th, 2012, 10:39 PM   #61
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I answer like most of you: Augustus. He had to build his power and respect. He built new system of ruling pretending to be a aristocratic republic but giving him all of power over Rome.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #62
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Guess what: C. Octavius Thurinus aka CJ Caesar II aka Augustus too !!!

Guess the really hot question would be the second greatest emperor...
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Old December 6th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #63

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I Believe that on this list Augustus is the best choice, now there are a few names missing like Aurelian who probably saved the Western Roman Empire from total collapse at least for a while. THere is also St. Constatine the Great who not only was a great leader he also was very open to christians and defended the empire from invaders. Diocletian was also an Emperor who could easily have made this list he did organise the Empire and make it into a tetrarchy.
But i chose Augustus because he was an amzing leader, there is a reason that many emperors had Augustus in its name. He added many territories to the empire including Egypt.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #64

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I see I'm hardly alone in voting for Augustus. Rome had some great emperors but it's funny, isn't it, how one of the longest-serving and most capable and effective of them was the very first one?
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Old December 6th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #65

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1. Aurelian
2. Constantine
3. Augustus
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Old December 7th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #66

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Augustus for being competent and forging the Roman Empire as we now know it and assuring in the Pax Romana.
Runner up would be Trajan.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #67

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None of the above.

I would have selected Septimius Severus, Diocletian, or Constantine. Julius Caesar is another I would consider - while modern historians don't consider him an Emperor it seems pretty clear that the Romans did, and I tend to agree with them.

On the list, Augustus is probably my favourite. PAX Romana was one of the great monuments to civilization, and it enabled the rest of the Principate to thrive... Augustus represents the finalizations of the accomplishments.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #68

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Originally Posted by sylla1 View Post
Guess what: C. Octavius Thurinus aka CJ Caesar II aka Augustus too !!!

Guess the really hot question would be the second greatest emperor...
It's like the famous statement on Rawls; there may yet be debate as of who was the second most influential thinker of the 20th century. As for Roman Emperors, I'd have to be a sore-ass and leave it submitted to the characteristics of a "good" Emperor. I voted GICTA, though Claudius showed a remarkable quality in showing real interest to reinstate the Republic. And Marcus Aurelius wrote books that lasted long after the last bastion of the Empire (Constantinople in 1453) had fallen. Hadrian's wall has barely served the same practical purpose, but from an artist's view... and so forth. He also instated a secret police which may have revolutionized this particular field (for good or ill?) and partly shaped later days' views of gay people. What ends are we looking at? His own, the people's or Rome's (and what is that?). Traian I sort of like, but like Cleveland he "only" sported good, decent qualities at a certain point they were particularly admired, rather than making any serious achievement.

I'll have to do a blog post on the five best emperors. Or the five worst, what would be most intriguing to write about for a stout cynic? For an astute idealist? Conquest or peace, Republic or Empire? I'm too off my high values here.

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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #69
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:08 AM   #70

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That's an interesting choice, for what particular reason?
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