Ch. 8 Sect. 2 The Roman Empire. Ruling an Empire. When Augustus , (Roman’s first emperor), came to power, Roman control had already spread far beyond Italy . Under Augustus and the emperors who came after him, Rome gained even more territory.
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Perhaps the greatest of the five “good emperors” was Hadrian. His laws protected women, children, and slaves. He issued a code of laws were the same throughout the empire. He reorganized the army so that the soldiers were allowed to defend their home provinces. He commissioned many buildings and other structures, and encouraged learning.