An archaeo-astronomical study has identified the foundation date of Turin, Augusta Taurinorum, a Roman city in the Gallic province. In this foundation ritual there are all the elements to grasp the political and cultural program put in place by Octavian Augustus to refound Rome.

A historical and social analysis on the transition from Republic to Empire, on the figure of the Machiavellian Octavian, the first emperor, and above all on the complex astronomical calculation that led to this discovery. A useful overlook to understand how Power has always supported its own supremacy thanks to the control of images, collective suggestion and propaganda

The Sun of Augustus is a project consistent with the editorial line of H12 production company and enriches its catalog of historical documentaries proposing stories related to the Piedmont area.

It is a documentary intended for the television market that outlines the political-cultural context that led to the founding of Iulia Augusta Taurinorum in the first century BC. by the will of the emperor Octavian Augustus.

The time frame covered in the film starts with the death of Julius Caesar (44 BC) and ends with the foundation of the city of Turin (30 January 9 BC), describing the fundamental stages that led to the sunset of the Roman Res Publica and the establishment of the Empire. This transition has marked the history of the Western civilization and has proposed a model, that will become the pioneer of reinforcing central power thanks to a wise use of images, religiosity and propaganda aimed at manipulating the masses.

Gabriele Monaco
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - sviluppo giugno 2020
Last update: 12 January 2024