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The Death of Augustus [The Caesars]

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Published on Feb 29, 2012

A scene from Granada TV's 'The Caesars' from 1968.

On 19 August AD 14, Augustus died while visiting the place of his father's death at Nola. Both Tacitus and Cassius Dio wrote that Livia brought about Augustus' death by poisoning fresh figs, though this allegation remains unproven. Tiberius, who was present alongside Livia at Augustus' deathbed, was named his heir. Augustus' famous last words were, "Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit"—referring to the play-acting and regal authority that he had put on as emperor. Publicly, though, his last words were, "Behold, I found Rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble."

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