Collection: BC 42-28 - Octavian

Gaius Octavius - After his adoption by Julius Caesar on the latter's death in 44 BC, he took from Caesar's name, but was often distinguished by historians from his adoptive father by the addition "Octavianus" after the name, denoting that he was a former member of the gens Octavia. Octavian's early coins and inscriptions all refer to him simply as Gaius Caesar, but by 38 BC he had replaced "Gaius" with the victory title imperator ("commander"). Occasionally the epithet divi filius "son of the divine Julius" was included, alluding to Julius Caesar's deification in 42 BC.