In the Deeds of the Divine Augustus, most of which appears to have been composed shortly before Augusus's death, there are thirty-five paragraphs detailing his major achievements. These are of three principal types: the emperor's domestic political career, his donations as a public benefactor, and his expansion and consolidation of the empire.
First, it is clear that Augustus wanted to be remembered as a loyal son of Julius Caesar. Though he was, by birth, Caesar's nephew rather than his son, the Romans took adoption very seriously, and Augustus (or Octavian, as he then was) always referred to himself as Julius Caesar's son after Caesar adopted him and made him his heir. In section 2, Augustus (or whoever wrote the document for him) writes:
Those who slew my father I drove into exile, punishing their deed by due process of law, and afterwards when they waged war upon the Republic I twice defeated them in battle.
Second, Augustus wanted to be remembered as a public benefactor who rebuilt Rome in a more magnificent style, using much of his private wealth to do so. He famously boasted that he found the city brick, and left it marble. Sections 19 and 20, for instance, are full of the public buildings Augustus constructed, with a particular emphasis on temples. Section 19 reads, in part:
I built the Curia and the Chalcidicum adjoining it, the temple of Apollo on the Palatine with its porticoes, the temple of the divine Julius, the Lupercal, the portico at the Circus Flaminius ... the state box at the Circus Maximus, the temples on the Capitol of Jupiter Feretrius and Jupiter Tonans, the temple of Quirinus, the temples of Minerva, of Juno the Queen, and of Jupiter Libertas, on the Aventine, the temple of the Lares at the highest point of the Sacra Via, the temple of the Di Penates on the Velia, the temple of Youth, and the temple of the Great Mother on the Palatine.
Third, Augustus wanted to be remembered as a great and wise ruler. There is a slight ambiguity here, as Augustus claimed to have restored the Republic, not to have founded an empire, and did not claim any royal title of the type signified by the word "emperor" today. However, he did want to be seen as the statesman who established peace and prosperity throughout the countries ruled by Rome. Section 28 reads:
I settled colonies of soldiers in Africa, Sicily, Macedonia, both Spains, Achaea, Asia, Syria, Gallia Narbonensis, Pisidia. Moreover, Italy has twenty-eight colonies founded under my auspices which have grown to be famous and populous during my lifetime.