He found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. As Rome's first emperor, Augustus transformed the unruly Republic into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. His consolidation and expansion of Roman power two thousand years ago laid the foundations, for all of Western history to follow. In this book, Anthony Everitt, the author of 'Cicero,' gives an account of his illustrious subject. A study of power and political genius, 'Augustus' is a vivid biography of one of the most important rulers in history.