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The Roman Empire at the Time of Augustus

This map shows the Roman Empire circa 14 CE, the year that Augustus died. As the Empire grew, it became a collection of senatorial provinces (shown in dark green), imperial provinces (shown in light green), and client states (shown by the green lines). Augustus, who had direct control over the imperial states, was most concerned with expansion and colonization. The Roman Senate controlled the senatorial provinces, and directed such administrative matters as taxation and the maintenance of a system of laws. Client states were not under the direct control of the Empire, but supported it by paying tribute. This system of organization that Augustus instituted was maintained the empire for the next 500 years.