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When did the Roman Empire start and finish?

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The Roman Empire started in 27 B.C. and ended in A.D. 393. This period began with Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus being awarded the title of Augustus.

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The Roman Empire is divided into two major periods. During the earlier half, known as the Principate, the governing system in place still bore similarities to that of a republic. In the latter half of the Imperial period, called the Dominate, the empire had already changed and was closer to a monarchy. Other well-known emperors of this period after Augustus were Claudius, Claudius II, Julian, Maximinus and Leo. The last Roman emperor of the West was Romulus Augustulus.

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