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Was the roman republic before the first emperor?


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July 13, 2009 11:10PM

The Roman Republic lasted from the time of the kings until the civil wars in the first century BCE. The first Roman ruler that we call an emperor was Gaius Octavius -- or Augustus -- who ruled from 27 BCE to 14 CE. He didn't call himself an emperor, but "princips" or "first citizen." For more information about the Roman Republic, check my website: