Augustus told his successors not to expand any further. How well did later emperors follow that advice? Should they have followed that advice? Did not following that advice help lead to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in A.D. 476?
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At the time of Augustus (the turn of 1st century BC and 1st century A.D.) the Roman Empire was already a very large state. It dominated most of the Mediterranean basin, and included entirely or almost entirely the territories of such countries as Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Tunisia, Cyprus, Syria, and some others. However, some of Augustus' successors continued the expansion of the empire throughout the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. For example, Emperor Claudius made most of Britain a part of the Roman Empire by A.D. 43....
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