- Charlemagne was inspired by the Roman Empire and attempted to restore its splendor. In your opinion, which Roman emperor did Charlemagne seem most inspired by? Please include an artwork from your textbook to support your answer.
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I believe that Charlemagne seemed most inspired by Augustus Caesar. They were both the first emperors of their respective empires, and then swiftly and dramatically expanded their lands. Furthermore, Pope Leo III gave the Frankish king the title “Carolus Augustus” on Christmas in 800 AD, a direct reference to Augustus Caesar. Finally, the German word for emperor is “Kaiser,” which derives from the Roman name “Caeser.” Attached is a portrait of Augustus as a general (Page 174) , which likely inspired Charlemagne to conquer neighboring lands.