Augustus (first emperor of Rome)
Born: September 23rd, 63B.C. - Rome, Italy
Died; August 19th, 14A.D. - Nola, Italy
At the age of nineteen, on my own initiative and at my own expense, I raised an army by means of which I restored liberty to the republic, which had been oppressed by the tyranny of a faction. For which service the senate, with complimentary resolutions, enrolled me in its order...
Wars, both civil and foreign, I undertook throughout the world, on sea and land, and when victorious I spared all citizens who sued for pardon. The foreign nations which could with safety be pardoned I preferred to save rather than to destroy.
- Res Gestae Divi Augusti
I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
- Augustus' statement recorded by Suetonius (Roman historian) in The Twelve Caesars