Celebrating Augustus

On September 23, 2008, Gaius Octavian Augustus would have celebrated his 2,071st birthday. In homage to Augustus, students from Professor Berenfeld’s class (ARCH 1100: Archaeology in the Age of Augustus) decorated the bronze statue of his likeness on the Wriston Quad. Once festively attired, the class feasted on cake as they sat at his feet- an appropriate celebration for the first Emperor of Rome.

Zodiac Trivia: Despite his September birthday, Augustus was said to have been a Capricorn. This may be because he was born several years before the calendar reforms of Julius Caesar, so the months and signs would have changed during his lifetime.