At 36, Gaius Octavius Augustus established himself as the first Roman Emperor. Having spent a decade
clawing his way to power, assassinating his critics and ending Mark Anthony and Cleopatra's sweaty romance in the most
final of ways, Augustus then pulled off the most amazing PR stunt in history: he pretended he didn't want to become Emperor.
Because they didn't apparently understand sarcasm, the Roman Senate made him Emperor for life. Augustus went on to expand
the empire to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Spain and Mediterranean North Africa; parts of the world you will be lucky to visit
on vacation let alone annex.