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From the Latin word meaning majestic dignity or grandeur. C. Julius Caesar Octavianus (grand nephew and heir of Julius Caesar) was given several honors by the Senate of Rome, among them was the name change to Imperator Caesar Augustus, on January 16, 27 B.C.
Not long afterwards, another honor was bestowed upon Caesar when the Calendar was reworked, and a month was created in his honor, the month of August, following the month of July, which honors his mentor and grand-uncle, Julius Caesar, who had been murdered by the senate on March 15, 44 B.C.
steters  9/27/2005

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