Augustus: A Novel Summary
John Williams

Everything you need to understand or teach Augustus by John Williams.

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Augustus: A Novel Overview

John Williams’s historical novel, Augustus, fictionalizes the titular character’s rise to power as emperor of Rome, from his youth to his death. The story is told in the epistolary form: the reader is given glimpses into the emperor’s life through the eyes of those affected by it. The novel deals with themes of friendship, historicism, change, power, and personal versus private lives.

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