The 2000th anniversary of the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, falls in 2014 on the 19th day of the month named after him.
Augustus brought peace and stability to the Roman Republic during his 40-year-reign, so his command of the entertainment industry and popular culture hasn't been as great as the more Technicolor Caesars, like Julius Caesar and Nero. Biographies of Augustus describe him in so many words as one of the major architects of the modern world because he initiated principles and systems of government that have penetrated political thinking to the present day. The 2000th anniversary invites a look at his legacy to see what parts of it survive - particularly where it was founded, in present-day Italy. The Commemorating Augustus project opens the way for a 21st Century re-evaluation of the legacy, with a conference held at Leeds, United Kingdom from 18-20 Aug 2014.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20