Andrew Giovanni Prout Humanities and Social Science
Exposing the Emperor's Legitimacy: Augustus, Severus, and the Third Century Crisis
The Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, transformed a republican government with almost 500 years of history into an imperial monarchy that would last for another five centuries. It is important to understand the sources of Augustus political legitimacy so that I can understand how changes to those sources of imperial legitimacy, like the changes made by the Emperor Severus, led to the Third Century Crisis. By allowing me to focus on Augustus, this fellowship is an integral part of an ongoing project culminating in my senior thesis. Ultimately, I am examining the role the emperors legitimacy played in the political breakdown and violence of the Third Century, which may give us insight into effective sources of political legitimacy.