Rome is celebrating 2,000 years since the death of the first emperor this summer with a variety events.
Augustus, also known as Octavian, was the founder of the Roman Empire and brought peace and stability during his four decade rule.
Augustus/Octavian instigated a number of impressive public works.
The ruins remain, a visible testament to his legacy as Laura Weinstein, author and tour guide explained: “He made a lot of changes in society, he’s known for saying, on his deathbed, ‘I found a city of brick and I leave behind a city of marble’.”
A special sound and light show celebrating his life and work can be found at the Forum of Augustus.
Visitors to the show leave impressed. “Beautiful. For just a moment you have the possibility to go back in time. You have a sense of immortality. It is marvelous,” said one native to Rome.
Events focusing on the life and death of the first emperor run until August 19.