The book effectively starts with Rome's elimination of her principal rival, Carthage, in 146 BC, and tells the complex and gripping story with quite sufficient--sometimes more than sufficient--detail down to the death of Augustus in AD 14
Lisa Hammersty, "Half of Attorney General's Staff to Leave Office; Most to Join Clinton," AD 14
December 1978, 1A; Jerry Dean, "Clinton Selects 11 for Governmental Operations Staff," AD 4 January 1979, 3A; "Clinton Announces Department Heads," AD 8 January 1979, 1A; Jerry Dean, "Clinton Appoints Quails, Gaddy, Crane to New Posts," AD 12 January 1979, 1A; Ernest Dumas, "Clinton Names Lawyer to Fill AHC Vacancy," AG 18 January 1979, 1A; and "Clinton Names Agency Heads, Office Staff," AG 23 January 1979, 4A.
In his official autobiography, composed and published in AD 14
, Augustus mentions three censuses (28 BC, 8 BC, AD 14
), their express intent to establish the number of Roman citizens.
The Ara Pacis and the mausoleum, which was built in 28 BC and where Augustus was buried in AD 14
, occupy what was in ancient Rome the Campus Martius, the Field of Mars, sacred ground reserved for military exercises and religious services.
, the first deliberate execution of a rival for the succession; AD 41, the first military coup d'etat by the Praetorians; AD 68, the first successful bid for power by an imperial legate; and so forth.