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aim- to make the city worthy of its imperial posit

METHOD: 

  • embarked on building programme- included temples, basilicas, theatres, baths, libraries, granaries, warehouses, aqueducts and a new forum.
  • this provided employment for both skilled and unskilled workers. 
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aim- to create jobs for the unemployed

METHOD: 

  • embarked on building programme- included temples, basilicas, theatres, baths, libraries, granaries, warehouses, aqueducts and a new forum.
  • this provided employment for both skilled and unskilled workers. 
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aim- to provide a regular supply of cheap grain

METHOD:

  • after famine in 22BC he took over control of grain supply from the aediles.
  • he later established an equestrian office for Curator of the Grain supply. 
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aim-to provide an adequate water supply.

METHOD: 

  • prior to 12 BC he had relied on Agrippa to build and maintain the aqueducts, reservoirs and collection basins.
  • Agrippa kept his own gang of 240 slaves for this purpose- when he died in 12BC he gave the slaves to Augustus who handed them to the state and established a permanent water board in charge of thgree water curators/ senators. 
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aim- to provide a system for policing the city

METHOD: 

  • he established 3 urban cohorts of 1500 men each. they were under the control of a consular prefect, as a special police force.
  • if more help was needed, the praetorian guard would be called in.
  • for day to day policing, Rome was divided into 265 wards, each with four magistrates. 
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aim-t relieve Rome from periodic flooding

METHOD: 

  • he took measures to prevent the Tiber flooding the city- he cleared out the Tiber channel which had been choked with rubbish and was narrowed by projecting houses.
  • this provided temporary relief- AD15 a permanent board under a consular was set up. 
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aim- t prevent the danger of frequent fires

METHOD: 

  • organised a fire brigade of 600 slaves under control of an aedile- but this proved ineffective.
  • AD6- he formed 7 cohorts of freedmen into the vigiles, under an equestrian prefect. Rome had been divided into 14 districts- each cohort of vigiles watched over two districts. 
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aim- to foster a civic spirit and local patriotism

METHOD:

  • set up 265 wards- each with its own annual magistrates- local worhsip of lares etc. 
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