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  Augustus builds temples throughout the Empire

Augustus builds temples throughout the Empire
  18-17 BC - Reforms including a census and moral legislation.
Augustus oversees a census of the people and introduces moral legislation to promote marriage and the family. He sets about portraying his reign as one that introduces a moral, as well as political and cultural, renaissance in Rome. He is a genuine believer in the Mos Maiorum ("the custom of the forefathers") - an idyllic idea of the past, in which people had better morals and lived more correctly.

12 BC - Augustus becomes Pontifex Maximus.
Augustus assumes the office of Pontifex Maximus, the high priest of the collegium of the Pontifices and the highest position in Roman religion. From now on, every emperor automatically takes this title.
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