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Aw-guhs´tuhs; Lat., “august, revered”

A title granted to Octavian (63 BCE–14 CE), the grand-nephew and adopted heir of Julius Caesar, by the Roman senate in 27 BCE, when it confirmed his powers to rule (Lat. imperium). He was the Roman ruler when Jesus was born in a province of the empire (Luke 2:1).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.