History vs. Augustus - Peta Greenfield & Alex Gendler

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    His reign marked the beginning of one of history’s greatest empires … and the end of one of its first republics. Was Rome’s first emperor a visionary leader who guaranteed his civilization’s place in history, or a tyrant who destroyed its core values? Peta Greenfield and Alex Gendler put this controversial figure on trial in History vs. Augustus.
    Lesson by Peta Greenfield & Alex Gendler, animation by Brett Underhill.
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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  4 месяца назад +238

    For more episodes of our "History vs." series, check out this playlist: bit.ly/2utVYGk

    • Nicole Falu
      Nicole Falu Месяц назад

      +Tegan Oxley They actually should! Maybe one about hamlet too!!!

    • rvharkless
      rvharkless Месяц назад

      Do History vs Sulla!

    • Tom Riddle
      Tom Riddle 2 месяца назад +1

      Do Muammar Gaddafi next

    • Sasha Khan
      Sasha Khan 2 месяца назад

      history vs Malcom X.
      I personally support him but seeing both sides would be interesting.

    • Sasha Khan
      Sasha Khan 2 месяца назад

      History vs Nasser
      History Vs Gaddafi

  • Julian Gunther
    Julian Gunther 16 часов назад

    As a history major it’s good to see both sides but by the time Augustus came to power the republic was pretty much dead The sun it was corrupt and run pretty much by the aristocratic families in Rome also the Senate or some of the senators at least were responsible for the death of Julius Caesar.. and when Augustus became emperor was mainly to save Rome otherwise Rome would’ve fallen 400 years before it actually did.. and although Augustus was no saint by any means he was probably one of if not the best Roman Emperor, he also cared for his citizens too...next time you do a video get some more concrete facts dig deeper..I know this is meant to be a fun video and to teach those who do not know much at all but maybe get more details that teach a little more

  • Rob Wilf
    Rob Wilf День назад

    History vs. Oda nobunaga
    I'm very interested how people would defend the Demon King of the 6th Heaven.

  • Lamb Sauceror
    Lamb Sauceror 2 дня назад

    As somebody who had to read Ovids work I can understand Augustus exiling him.

  • João Luis Reis Martins
    João Luis Reis Martins 3 дня назад

    A curios fact: technically, the Roman Republic didn't ended with the rise of the empire, but coexisted as the same government, with people calling Rome both a "res publica" and "imperium" (the division between forms of government in the ancient world wasn't clear as it is today). Including, the title "princips" ("first citizen") was more used than emperor in the beginning of the empire.

  • Darth Vaduuur
    Darth Vaduuur 3 дня назад

    I would rarther have a good tyrant/monarchy than a corrupt democracy/republic

  • Star Seraph10
    Star Seraph10 3 дня назад

    After his death- (Bird noise)

  • Natalie Sullivan
    Natalie Sullivan 5 дней назад

    2:44 *M E R E O P T I C S*

  • DemitriVladMaximov
    DemitriVladMaximov 6 дней назад

    A bit of context may have helped understand the adultery and marriage laws. See the rich of the Republic were too interested in having fun and enjoying the pleasures of the flesh than the responsibilities of parenthood and the upper class were suffering from a terrible drop in birth rate. There weren't going to be the next generation to replace the ones dying off and with continued military campaigning there already was a deficient of replacement officers. For the republic/empire to survive it needed to ensure a population of Romans. For how a republic can be destroyed because of lack of birthrate you can see it in Japan, many members of the EU, and a bit in the United States. Also back then the concept of personal liberty and freedom didn't exist and marriages were arranged so this was not only socially acceptable, but almost required of him to do. On a separate note, and fitting for this time of year, Augustus was the emperor who conducted the census which required Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem so that Jesus would be born in the city of David. So think about how that affected world history.

  • Prophet Muhammad
    Prophet Muhammad 6 дней назад

    Augustus : I am the mighty son of God

    Poor Jewish carpenter: Hold my shekels

  • Jarod Farrant
    Jarod Farrant 7 дней назад

    History vs Ronald regean please!

  • ri -
    ri - 8 дней назад

    M E R E O P T I C S

  • GDI
    GDI 8 дней назад

    "so you're saying he was a good emperor"
    "and *you're* saying there's no such thing"
    uh huh

  • Bardo
    Bardo 8 дней назад

    Why is it every time I watch one of these videos on this channel I feel enlightened 🤔🙏🏼👍🏼

  • Nies Sin
    Nies Sin 9 дней назад

    Do history vs Ivan the terrible XD?

  • Nies Sin
    Nies Sin 9 дней назад

    Adultery is immoral act so i agree with Augustus

  • Ray Z
    Ray Z 10 дней назад

    Idk why they’re criticizing the Roman Empire for military conquest when it was the republic that expanded the borders to such an extent.

  • Jenna McNugget
    Jenna McNugget 11 дней назад

    Do history vs Gamal Abdel Nasser

  • As Always
    As Always 12 дней назад

    History vs Isabelle of Castile

  • Alexandros Mograine
    Alexandros Mograine 14 дней назад

    the republic only spoke for the rich and was corrupted af, i think julius caesar and augustus both were good for rome and most of its people

    ASGORE DREEMURR 15 дней назад

    History vs Otto Von Bismarck

  • Julius Memer
    Julius Memer 15 дней назад +1

    History Vs Agusto Pinochet.

  • Pearl R
    Pearl R 15 дней назад

    Augustus wasn’t a good emperor. He may have started off with good intentions but absolute power corrupts absolutely and the show of force/continuous conquest, the exile of selected people and the division of classes instilled are examples of that.

  • Omar Arus Arbid
    Omar Arus Arbid 15 дней назад

    All Hail ceaser.

  • Miriam
    Miriam 19 дней назад

    My propositions:
    History vs. Queen Victoria
    History vs. Emperor Franz Joseph I
    History vs. Emperor Wilhelm II
    History vs. Alexander the Great

    NAVEMAN3 22 дня назад +1

    Guilty or Not Guilty? Thumbs up for guilty, thumbs down for not guilty. My vote is guilty.

  • John Constantine
    John Constantine 24 дня назад

    The Roman republic was so corrupt and messed up, Rome really needed autocrats to fix it

  • Jane Chonev
    Jane Chonev 25 дней назад

    Whats with the accents i dont like that talk normal

  • Diego Isaac Ramirez-DeLeon
    Diego Isaac Ramirez-DeLeon 25 дней назад

    History vs Malcom X

  • Sanandita Mukherjee
    Sanandita Mukherjee 26 дней назад

    History vs. Indira Gandhi

  • Brandon Driver
    Brandon Driver 26 дней назад

    History vs. Woodrow Wilson

  • Shishir Gaikwad
    Shishir Gaikwad 27 дней назад

    Make a video on history vs. SAMBHAJI BHOSLE

  • Keoto Jones
    Keoto Jones 27 дней назад

    History versus shrek, or else

  • Suraj Animations
    Suraj Animations 28 дней назад

    2:44 MERE OPTICS

  • Docter Switzerland
    Docter Switzerland 28 дней назад

    July came from Gaius Julius Caesar
    This was published in July.
    August is similar to Augustus.
    _June, _*_July, August_*

  • Bruce Lee
    Bruce Lee 28 дней назад

    200 years of a golden era after Augustus proves he was the best ruler of all time.

  • Mirko Stefani
    Mirko Stefani 28 дней назад

    Republic of Rome was rlly corrupted lucky the emperor come but unlucky a lot of it was corrupted to

  • Comp Wiz2007
    Comp Wiz2007 Месяц назад

    If you were given a choice, would you be the hammer or the nail? -My Quote

  • Zooer
    Zooer Месяц назад

    Augustus was an ancient example of George Washington. He was the first and greatest leader of his region yet it was those after him that made the society he ruled that made it bad. Regardless, I love this dude and his ways.

  • Ultimate History
    Ultimate History Месяц назад

    Augustus was also a name

  • 99batran
    99batran Месяц назад

    2:44 i cant even do that. What human being can do this?

  • 99batran
    99batran Месяц назад

    Mere optics meme. Lets make it 2:45

  • year111
    year111 Месяц назад

    The Roman and Greek democracies are ran by rich landlords.

  • Ufukcan Gencoglu
    Ufukcan Gencoglu Месяц назад

    3:52 And restraining Adultery is supposed to be bad because …….?

  • Steven Grant
    Steven Grant Месяц назад

    Innocent by the standards of Rome. If we judge historical figures by our standards then you might as well say they're all guilty

  • Jami Casey
    Jami Casey Месяц назад

    They brought history vs back

  • chuan lu
    chuan lu Месяц назад

    In Latin it's pronounced keaser the c is hard

  • The Benevolent Sun
    The Benevolent Sun Месяц назад

    The Republic wasn't for the people lol.

  • Aidan Buford
    Aidan Buford Месяц назад

    Hail Caesar, Victor Imperator!

  • wily rocke
    wily rocke Месяц назад

    ferdinand marcos vs history

  • Van Theel
    Van Theel Месяц назад

    Mere O P T I C S

  • Jannuel Lauro Dizon
    Jannuel Lauro Dizon Месяц назад

    Could you make a video about Ferdinand Marcos just like this

  • Carlos Almonacid
    Carlos Almonacid Месяц назад

    Do History vs Oda Nobunaga. "Was this Samurai Daimyo a brilliant unifier who made Japan a modern nation, or a ruthless warlord who killed hundreds of people?"

  • Abdul Sami
    Abdul Sami Месяц назад

    Histroy vs. Weird Al Yankovic

  • Venkadaganapathy Karthiganesh
    Venkadaganapathy Karthiganesh Месяц назад

    hey do history vs gandhi

  • Fran Pe
    Fran Pe Месяц назад

    Oh no!!

  • MrBanausos
    MrBanausos Месяц назад

    History vs Ronald Reagan

  • Daniel Partk
    Daniel Partk Месяц назад

    OH NO

  • Royal Maniac
    Royal Maniac Месяц назад

    3:52 I can agree with that. If you are desperate enough to be willing to commit adultery, then get a divorce!

  • Kokonose Haruka
    Kokonose Haruka Месяц назад

    m e r e o p t i c s

  • Landon Brackez
    Landon Brackez Месяц назад

    M E R E O P T I C S

  • Patiharn Choomsuwan
    Patiharn Choomsuwan Месяц назад

    2:45 What is he doing? XD

  • Magikards
    Magikards Месяц назад

    M E R E O P T I C S

  • Doctor Pеρρег
    Doctor Pеρρег Месяц назад

    “Octavius destroyed anthony for trying to become king and then becoming one himself?”
    Obi-Wan: You have become the very thing you swore to destroy

  • Augustus Caeser
    Augustus Caeser Месяц назад

    I didn’t do anything wrong, I am the first emperor and leader of the people.

  • Alexia Shane Fernandez
    Alexia Shane Fernandez Месяц назад

    *HAHAHA* 2:43 I think this is the funniest, witty ted ed video I ever seen 😂😂

  • solid seb
    solid seb Месяц назад

    pax roma

  • Golden brother
    Golden brother Месяц назад

    History vs Josip Broz Tito

  • Aleksandar Vil
    Aleksandar Vil Месяц назад

    History vs. Otto von Bismarck

  • Max Ashelford
    Max Ashelford Месяц назад +2

    History vs Winston Churchill

  • Tommy Brad
    Tommy Brad Месяц назад

    History vs. Walter Disney

  • DennisJr Pascual
    DennisJr Pascual Месяц назад

    M E R E O P T I C S

  • Lesbomarx
    Lesbomarx Месяц назад

    History vs King John of England

  • Edesse Sapere
    Edesse Sapere Месяц назад

    Ave, true to Caesar!

  • Gandar Mark
    Gandar Mark 2 месяца назад

    History Vs HCM

  • Kevin R Whooley
    Kevin R Whooley 2 месяца назад

    Alexander the Great,Oliver Cromwell and Qin Shi Huang are definitely polarising figures who would make an interesting History vs video.

  • HeHasHardHead
    HeHasHardHead 2 месяца назад

    My Last Name is Augustus

  • WaluigiTimer
    WaluigiTimer 2 месяца назад

    Oda Nobunaga! We need to put Oda Nobunaga on trial!

  • Jason Motsinger
    Jason Motsinger 2 месяца назад

    The Roman Republic died long before Augustus. It really was an oligarchy. The Senate, containing the most wealthy and "Royal" families, really called the shots. By the time Augustus reformed the republic into what is known as the Roman Empire, rich people with military prowess and armies had already made the landscape the empire in all but what historians call it.

  • الشملان ١٩٣٢
    الشملان ١٩٣٢ 2 месяца назад

    History vs saddam hussein pls

  • Beni Habibi
    Beni Habibi 2 месяца назад +2

    Punishing adultry is bad?

  • Yato Kun
    Yato Kun 2 месяца назад

    the roman republic ruined rome
    by killing its best general
    after killing julius ceasar, rome fell into a warzone and augustus just fixed things
    dont believe me?
    look at what he changed when he became emperor

  • Alvaro Rodriguez
    Alvaro Rodriguez 2 месяца назад

    Please do History Vs Patrice Lumumba. I'm sure it would be a judgement filled with plot twists

  • John Nathan
    John Nathan 2 месяца назад +1

    Augustus Caesar formerly known
    as Octavian Julius Caesar's grand-nephew slowly but surely took on positions and titles and merging them in the process of creating
    the title First Citizen that would eventually become the title emperor it is true that the Roman citizens overthrow the king and establish a republic with the senate with what senator's is running the government creating ana passing laws like politics of today rome's senate the privilege and the rich and special-interest groups manipulate the government to favorite them under Augustus reign creating 40 year's of stability and growth

    ENDERGAMER lol 2 месяца назад

    I love this Series :D

  • Adam Keasey
    Adam Keasey 2 месяца назад

    Imagine thinking that adultry being illegal was a bad idea.

  • BulletBill110
    BulletBill110 2 месяца назад +1

    The Roman republic was a failed experiment, Augustus had every right to become a dictator.

    • Ryan
      Ryan Месяц назад

      True, however, it yielded some groundbreaking items. The Founding Fathers of the USA, were great students of the Roman Republic and sought to create a more robust version of it, with all the pitfalls and loose ends fixed. i.e Checks and Balances.

  • Kamar Taylor
    Kamar Taylor 2 месяца назад


  • Roy Sáenz
    Roy Sáenz 2 месяца назад

    Cool that says España not Spain

  • Alex Metagross
    Alex Metagross 2 месяца назад

    "Isn't that what Caesar was accused of?"

  • Anuj Khanna
    Anuj Khanna 2 месяца назад

    I wish to see one such episode on Alexander

  • William Daugherty
    William Daugherty 2 месяца назад

    you know i think this shows that even the greatest people arent perfect

  • Fattydude_123 gaming?
    Fattydude_123 gaming? 2 месяца назад

    Wrong it shouldn't be Augustus/Gaius Being trialed it should be the Senate. The Senate f*d the Romans up.

  • urlocallordandsavior
    urlocallordandsavior 2 месяца назад

    "History vs Frederick the Great" anyone?

  • Mr. Cat
    Mr. Cat 2 месяца назад

    History Vs Ivan the terrible

  • احمد الزغول
    احمد الزغول 2 месяца назад

    Do one Mohammad the prophet

  • Inexperienced Reviews
    Inexperienced Reviews 2 месяца назад

    History vs nietzsche

  • the mancho kids Mancho
    the mancho kids Mancho 2 месяца назад

    I know I'm just saying this cause I'm a Hamilton fan, but it'll be interesting to see a realistic factual History vs Alexander Hamilton or History vs Aaron Burr.

  • Lance Dexter Mondero
    Lance Dexter Mondero 2 месяца назад

    whether you see them as tyrants or visionary leaders you still have to appreciate what they've to build and done in our world

  • Paul-Napoléon Calland
    Paul-Napoléon Calland 2 месяца назад +1

    The underlying premise is a mistake. Augustus saved the Roman Republic from the oligarchs, rather than sacrificing the Republic in order to save Rome from them. As for the false idea that he (or others like him) was a tyrant, the only genuine democracy left today is Switzerland, whose constitution is founded on Napoleon the Great's Act of Mediation in 1803.