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Definition: The first Roman Emperor. His real name was Octavian, and he was Julius Caesar's adopted son. He played a large role in the civil war that followed Julius Caesar's assassination, and his victory and strength made him an ideal candidate to fill the void in government left by Caesar's death. In between, he was a member of the Second Triumvirate, along with Marc Antony and Lepidus. When Antony became involved with Cleopatra (Egypt's pharaoh) and decided to fight Rome, Octavian played a part in defeating Antony's forces. Once Antony was out of the way and Lepidus was forced to retire, Octavian was free to become Augustus Caesar.

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