Augustus was the first emperor of the Roman Empire from 27 BC to 14 AD. Many historians consider him to be the best emperor. On his deathbed, his last words were, “Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit.” His body was cremated and interred inside the Mausoleum of Augustus. He commissioned this massive structure early in his 40 year reign. It measures 295 feet in diameter and 137 feet high. Also buried here are family members, including Emperor Tiberius, the son and successor of Augustus.