History vs. Augustus - Peta Greenfield & Alex Gendler

  • Опубликовано: 17 июл 2018
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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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Комментарии • 1 639

  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed  7 месяцев назад +262

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

    • Melda Ergi
      Melda Ergi 6 дней назад

      History vs. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

    • Abdulhamid Adan
      Abdulhamid Adan 23 дня назад

      history vs timur

    • Victor Blackwolf
      Victor Blackwolf Месяц назад +1

      Can you do one of Alexander the Great of Macedon since he inspired many great leader like Julius Ceaser and Cleopatra

    • Magmadoze _YT
      Magmadoze _YT 2 месяца назад

      put Mohandas karamchand Gandhi on trial

    • Nicole Falu
      Nicole Falu 3 месяца назад

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

  • Yahwe h
    Yahwe h 8 часов назад

    History vs churchill

  • Mike P
    Mike P День назад

    History vs Malcolm X

  • Rikoni 0
    Rikoni 0 День назад

    This is one of the most factually incorrect and biased history videos I have ever seen.

  • Alex Harty Harty
    Alex Harty Harty 4 дня назад

    Do History vs Josip Broz Tito

  • Anmol Madaan
    Anmol Madaan 5 дней назад

    History vs. Ashoka would be interesting.

  • prinz martin
    prinz martin 7 дней назад

    History vs The Big Brother

  • Yeet Savage
    Yeet Savage 7 дней назад

    I like how they use B.C.E in these videos

  • LORD SIMON!!!!!!! Bismarck
    LORD SIMON!!!!!!! Bismarck 7 дней назад

    Could u pls do one on otto von bismarck?

  • RockSmith1988
    RockSmith1988 8 дней назад

    I'll go be Tony Soprano when talking about Augustus saying all his people loved him

  • Dominic Guye
    Dominic Guye 9 дней назад

    All of these people need to be done:
    History vs. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
    History vs. Maximilien Robespierre
    History vs. Oliver Cromwell
    History vs. Robert Walpole
    History vs. Indira Gandhi
    History vs. the Gracchi Brothers
    History vs. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
    History vs. Simon Bolivar
    History vs. John D. Rockefeller
    History vs. Alexander the Great
    History vs. Pope Alexander VI
    History vs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    History vs. Ulysses S. Grant
    History vs. Kwame Nkrumah
    History vs. King Karl XII
    History vs. Justinian

  • Dominic Guye
    Dominic Guye 9 дней назад

    😀 I love this series

  • shit poster
    shit poster 9 дней назад

    *stabbs little Cesars box*
    Only 70's b.c. kids will get this

  • Alonso Esparza
    Alonso Esparza 10 дней назад

    Romans were power hungry who thought them self to be like gods who later fell do to many issues but one I know of was using lead made water pipes that later doomed them to fall as the Greeks.

  • Steven Amoah
    Steven Amoah 10 дней назад +1

    Really interesting person

  • Hello Diyan
    Hello Diyan 10 дней назад

    Can you do History vs. Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines? Thank you.

  • James Furey
    James Furey 11 дней назад

    Hail Caesar.

  • Zaily Machado
    Zaily Machado 12 дней назад

    History vs the 7th Earl of Cardigan

  • Carlos Naranjo
    Carlos Naranjo 14 дней назад

    Please do more of these

  • xVS 31
    xVS 31 15 дней назад


  • Jeremy April
    Jeremy April 18 дней назад

    History vs. Alexander the Great?

  • Not Filthy Frank
    Not Filthy Frank 21 день назад

    He don't attacc
    He don't protecc
    But most importantly, HE DON'T GIVE MY LEGIONS BACC!!!
    -Augustus when he learnt that Varus lost 3 legions.

  • Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf 23 дня назад

    That cracked me up.

  • Abdulhamid Adan
    Abdulhamid Adan 23 дня назад

    history vs timur

  • Gaming Champ
    Gaming Champ 24 дня назад


    * Spanish colonial era intensifies *

  • Alex Harty
    Alex Harty 25 дней назад

    Do history Vs Paul l (Romanov) of Russia

  • Ruth Nash Horne
    Ruth Nash Horne 27 дней назад

    He was born in 63 BCE but started his reign 27 BCE lol (before he was born)???

  • Bob Bob
    Bob Bob Месяц назад

    The republic was just ruled by the nobility anyway, for the lower classes things just remained the same

  • 353535336373373
    353535336373373 Месяц назад

    History v Bismarck

  • Malik Tanveer
    Malik Tanveer Месяц назад

    history vs Alexander the great

  • The Advocate אמת
    The Advocate אמת Месяц назад

    Totally wrong

  • Nurul Ansari
    Nurul Ansari Месяц назад

    He make Rome the white marble capital .

  • Garda Jr
    Garda Jr Месяц назад


  • Joe Webb
    Joe Webb Месяц назад

    The Republic was totally a more corrupt and elitist institution than the Kings of Rome lmao. As much as the channel wants me to disagree with the Southern lawyer, I can’t help but think his points carry FAR more weight and relevance than the other lawyer’s.

  • Mr4eyes86
    Mr4eyes86 Месяц назад

    You should do Byzantine empire on trial and premise should be... are the Byzantine truly romans? So many people from a western perspective don’t seem to think so. I think that would be a good video.

  • Brandon1629ESUHSD
    Brandon1629ESUHSD Месяц назад

    2:15 Augustus after going to da hood.

  • Michael Miller
    Michael Miller Месяц назад +1

    History vs *every single one* of the founding fathers.

  • Alex Dunham
    Alex Dunham Месяц назад

    3:51 how is punishing adultery a bad thing? You guys realise adultery is illegal in the u.s. right?

    • I Control My Fate
      I Control My Fate 18 дней назад

      LOL. If that were true then our president would be charged!

  • Khyron1942
    Khyron1942 Месяц назад

    It’s almost never brought up that Rome’s “kings” were nominated and appointed *by the Senate*. Essentially, the overthrow of the monarchy was a council of ruling oligarchs abolishing the only figurehead that stood between themselves and unchecked authority.

  • Jamir Temjen
    Jamir Temjen Месяц назад

    Put Churchill on trial.

  • Nam Tran
    Nam Tran Месяц назад

    Caesar and Augustus should be considered as the product (not just byproduct) of the corrupted system of the oligarchic Roman Republic. If it hadnt't been Caesar then it would have been somewhat else, before Caesar there was another Roman Tyrant. If it hadn't been Augustus then someone else would have done it. Before you judge a state man, you have to put yourself in their shoes about the political environment that they live it. Augustus didn't want to change the system cause he wanted it, Roman Republic politics was so broken and chaotic that it basically begged to be reformed or otherwise be perished in a civil war.
    By the time of first century BCE, almost every consul including Caesar and Augustus bribed their ways up to climb the political ladder, Literally (Just watch Historia Civilis Caesar his year 59 BCE and you can see the scale of the corruption).

  • Ray the depressed little Wolf
    Ray the depressed little Wolf Месяц назад

    History vs king George the third

  • D M
    D M Месяц назад

    I can't believe this guy beat Ceasar to getting his own episode.

  • Georg Gross
    Georg Gross Месяц назад

    I like the idea that this takes place in a law court. And I am pretty impressed that a lot of controversial arguments have been pointed out. Even the ending is open, meaning that we, viewers, are apparently deciding if the defendant (in this case Augustus Caesar) is guilty or innocent. Keep up the good work, TED-Ed.

  • Alexander megas
    Alexander megas Месяц назад

    History vs USA
    Next time

  • Filip Kerecki
    Filip Kerecki Месяц назад

    Corrupt oligarchs in senate???

  • Ekin
    Ekin Месяц назад

    Saying Antony's giving away of Roman land to Egypt, who used to be a subject but not anymore it seems, is the same thing as Augustus' establishment of the Empire is not only inaccurate, but it is almost blasphemy.

  • Shikhar Sachan
    Shikhar Sachan Месяц назад

    I want more videos!

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana Месяц назад

    I guess accusing side didn't make a research about Rome's late years before Augustus. The "senate" was too busy fighting with eachother and they only looked after the rich. Caesar tried to bring order and they killed him because he was restricting their powers and privileges not because of the good of the republic. Augustus was an emperor yes but a great one and started Pax Romana. Tyranny is not necessarily a bad thing if the guy in charge is devoted himself to his country

  • Kevin Cho
    Kevin Cho Месяц назад

    He also gave a gift of 75 denarii to all of his soldiers in his will, so too bad you didn't mention that.

  • Jɪ-C - Cen†u
    Jɪ-C - Cen†u Месяц назад

    History vs Peron

  • Sina Zarin
    Sina Zarin Месяц назад

    I love to see romans running from iran like little bitches

  • atharva Nigam Varma M m
    atharva Nigam Varma M m Месяц назад


  • Frontend
    Frontend Месяц назад

    He made rome great again

  • Lachlan Revolver
    Lachlan Revolver Месяц назад

    2:11 WTF ruclip.com/video/zcoqr9bwx1y/видео.html does he mean this?

  • Brandon Korner
    Brandon Korner Месяц назад +1

    "The Senate existed to serve the people, not a ruling elite"
    Except membership to the Senate was restricted to that ruling elite.

  • Imperatoris Hominis
    Imperatoris Hominis Месяц назад

    The people of Rome wanted Augustus to take more and more power against the do nothing squabling currupt farts of the senet. Watch Mike Duncan's The History of Rome and you will learn A LOT.

    AMV CBG Месяц назад

    Personally I think both are actually correct.
    Augustus clearly sought order and he had ideals.
    But he believed he was the only one for it and he established himself ultimate power

    • AMV CBG
      AMV CBG Месяц назад

      +jghgiroot a few hundred but yes I do see ur point. But it was kept in check by splitting the powee

    • jghgiroot
      jghgiroot Месяц назад

      Rome was already incredibly imbalanced and power only belonged to a few people centuries before he was born

  • Phil Ochs
    Phil Ochs Месяц назад

    Do history vs Oliver Cromwell

  • Fatjon Myftari
    Fatjon Myftari Месяц назад

    augustus ceasear endend the chaos that had plunged rome for a century and started "Pax Romania" the greatest period of peace known at that time

  • Peter Hortensius
    Peter Hortensius Месяц назад

    20 years from now there should be a history vs Trump. Still I would like to see Woodrow Wilson on this list.

  • Randy Nugraha
    Randy Nugraha Месяц назад

    History vs soeharto please

  • Mihir Vasisht
    Mihir Vasisht 2 месяца назад +1

    History vs Caligula please

  • Shadow Priest
    Shadow Priest 2 месяца назад

    3:52-how is that a bad thing?

  • habalula15
    habalula15 2 месяца назад

    when you try to take over the world but end up being killed by some heroic general and his loyal and brave troops, fear not, history will call them tyrants and will feel sorry for you.

  • dilay ılıkoba
    dilay ılıkoba 2 месяца назад

    Please do HISTORY vs. ATATÜRK 🇹🇷

  • Anne Frank the Jewish Girl
    Anne Frank the Jewish Girl 2 месяца назад

    2:45 😂😂😂

  • Fiora Denegri
    Fiora Denegri 2 месяца назад

    2:44 Why does he make the sign of the Illuminati? 666 in both eyes

  • Mark Fennell
    Mark Fennell 2 месяца назад

    Emperor Augustus was a great man. He was somewhat of a dictator but that was a benevolent dictator to do what he thought was best for his nation
    You must also consider the times that he was in, and the most important obstacles he faced in making a better nation
    He was a great leader and did many good things for his nation.

  • Ava Park
    Ava Park 2 месяца назад

    Is anyone gonna comment on megolovania? Just me? Okay

  • Bj Sh
    Bj Sh 2 месяца назад

    I don't like the verses trial vids they hardly take into consideration the times p.s. the problem with Kings isn't the power but how it's passed down their where many good kings like Lou 14th of France later destroyed by his children and grandchild.

  • Jaime J.
    Jaime J. 2 месяца назад


  • Nicholas Kunst
    Nicholas Kunst 2 месяца назад +1

    History vs. *M E R E O P T I C S*

  • Ferdi Taydas
    Ferdi Taydas 2 месяца назад

    Teşekkürler Betül ve Figen Hanım :)

  • Benson Caisip
    Benson Caisip 2 месяца назад

    Since we're in the subject, how about History vs Truman

  • Vedant kale
    Vedant kale 2 месяца назад

    The thin lawyer really remind me of liberals, they hate everything powerful people do, they don't understand long term politics and are borderline commies.

  • Julian Gunther
    Julian Gunther 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 месяца назад

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

  • João Luis Reis Martins
    João Luis Reis Martins 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Star Seraph10
    Star Seraph10 2 месяца назад

    After his death- (Bird noise)

  • Natalie Sullivan
    Natalie Sullivan 2 месяца назад

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

  • DemitriVladMaximov
    DemitriVladMaximov 2 месяца 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.

  • Mikael Fernandes
    Mikael Fernandes 2 месяца назад

    Augustus : I am the mighty son of God

    Poor Jewish carpenter: Hold my shekels

  • Jarod Farrant
    Jarod Farrant 2 месяца назад

    History vs Ronald regean please!

  • ri -
    ri - 2 месяца назад

    M E R E O P T I C S

  • GDI
    GDI 2 месяца назад

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

  • Bardo
    Bardo 2 месяца назад

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

  • Nies Sin
    Nies Sin 2 месяца назад

    Do history vs Ivan the terrible XD?

  • Nies Sin
    Nies Sin 2 месяца назад

    Adultery is immoral act so i agree with Augustus

  • Ray Z
    Ray Z 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    Do history vs Gamal Abdel Nasser

  • As Always
    As Always 2 месяца назад

    History vs Isabelle of Castile

  • Alexandros Mograine
    Alexandros Mograine 2 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    History vs Otto Von Bismarck

  • Julius Memer
    Julius Memer 3 месяца назад +1

    History Vs Agusto Pinochet.

  • Pearl R
    Pearl R 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    All Hail ceaser.

  • Miriam
    Miriam 3 месяца назад

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