By the time Augustus had achieved power Rome had suffered several years of civil war, its resources and foods going to the military. There was no appetite for further violence; cravings for stability cemented Augustus' rule. Ordinary plebians and the nobility alike had felt hardships in shortages and taxation, and wanted peace. In the end, Augustus delivered that peace, managing to please the elite - many proudly oversaw new public builds and roads - and the plebs who were fed, built/lived in better housing and had an abundance of decent paying work to do.
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