This is the story of the provincial outsider, born in a backwater and with no expectations of power, who came to found Europe. Through his pax romana Augustus created a united Europe and enabled ideas, and Christianity, to spread throughout its territories. In this new book, Richard Holland explores to the full the nature of the young and inexperienced tyro who found himself in charge of the most expansive empire on earth; the able politician, fully aware of the 'spin' necessary to make his policies work effectively; the possessive and demonstrative lover who took his second wife from her husband when she was pregnant with her husband's child; the gambler who played for the highest of stakes; the vain man who could be tyrannical and unforgiving, and yet show kindness to a slave. Those he mixed with have sauntered through the pages of history and taken their rightful place upon the stage - Cleopatra, Anthony, Julius Caeser; while Augustus, though just as, and perhaps more, influential, than any, remains elusive. In this book we will come to know not only Augustus the ruler, but Augustus the man of flesh and blood.