Which of Emperor Augustus's actions would seem less than admirable from a 21st century perspective?  Most likely following does not possess full informatin about question. You can answer by your...

Which of Emperor Augustus's actions would seem less than admirable from a 21st century perspective?  

Most likely following does not possess full informatin about question. You can answer by your own sources and knowledge too. following link is about  Emperor Augustus report of his achievements in his lifetime. this link is given by teacher. this link can be use to know  the Augustus action but i dont think it can help for comparision of his action(s) from 21st century (less than admirable from a 21st century perspective)

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

That is a good question, and there will, undoubtedly, be many answers. In my opinion, we, as modern day Americans, would not appreciate Augustus' hold on power. With the ascension of Augustus, he concretized power in himself and after him, the Roman Republic was certainly no more. He was a transitional figure (as was Julius Caesar).

In view of our democratic leanings, I think we would not appreciate his grasping of power. In addition, I think we would also disapprove of the manner in which he did this. He was extremely surreptitious. He gave the appearance that he was for the people, when in fact, he was for himself. I think that fact alone would leave a bad taste in many people's mouths.

Finally, as we read his propaganda, the RES GESTAE, I think we would think that he was a little too full of himself.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As #2 suggests, certainly the way that Augustus tyrannically assumed power and became such a figurehead that after his rule there was no more empire as it had been known indicates a leadership style that is far too hands on instead of trying to create structures and systems that would outlive his leadership and would be sustainable.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think Americans would appreciate the cultural efforts Augustus put forth. However, we would not appreciate the totalitarian nature of his regime. I agree with the above poster that I don't think we'd like the iron fist approach. On the other hand, I am not sure anyone would care about the self-promotion. It's common in our day.