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His father, also named Gaius Octavius, had been governor of Macedonia.Philippus claimed descent from Alexander the Great, and was elected consul in 56 BC.Augustus dramatically enlarged the Empire, annexing Egypt, Dalmatia, Pannonia, Noricum, and Raetia; expanding possessions in Africa; expanding into Germania; and completing the conquest of Hispania.Beyond the frontiers, he secured the Empire with a buffer region of client states and made peace with the Parthian Empire through diplomacy.He was born at Ox Head, a small property on the Palatine Hill, very close to the Roman Forum.He was given the name Gaius Octavius Thurinus, his cognomen possibly commemorating his father's victory at Thurii over a rebellious band of slaves.The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana (The Roman Peace).The Roman world was largely free from large-scale conflict for more than two centuries, despite continuous wars of imperial expansion on the Empire's frontiers and the year-long civil war known as the "Year of the Four Emperors" over the imperial succession.

In 46 BC, she consented for him to join Caesar in Hispania, where he planned to fight the forces of Pompey, Caesar's late enemy, but Octavius fell ill and was unable to travel.Octavian found consul Mark Antony, Caesar's former colleague, in an uneasy truce with the dictator's assassins.They had been granted a general amnesty on 17 March, yet Antony succeeded in driving most of them out of Rome.He, Mark Antony, and Marcus Lepidus formed the Second Triumvirate to defeat the assassins of Caesar.

Following their victory at the Battle of Philippi, the Triumvirate divided the Roman Republic among themselves and ruled as military dictators.

Upon his adoption, Octavius assumed his great-uncle's name Gaius Julius Caesar.