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Definition of the noun octavian

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noun - plural: -

  1. Roman statesman who established the Roman Empire and became emperor in 27 BC; defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC at Actium (63 BC - AD 14)


Who is Octavian?

Octavian a.k.a. Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.


Octavian was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire best known for winning the classic St Leger Stakes in 1810. Despite suffering from hoof problems he was beaten only twice in a nine race career which lasted from April 1810 until September 1812, and which was conducted entirely in Yorkshire. Apart from his classic success, his most important win came in 1812, when he won a division of the Great Subscription Purse at York. He was retired to stud, where he had an early success by siring the St Leger winner Antonio, but his subsequent record was disappointing. Octavian died in 1833 at the age of twenty-six.

  • born in (209 years ago) in United Kingdom
  • died in (183 years ago)


  1. Octavian a.k.a. Gaius Octavian is a character in the HBO/BBC2 original television series Rome, played by Max Pirkis as a child in season one and the beginning of season two, and in the rest of the second season he is played by Simon Woods. He is portrayed as a shrewd, if somewhat cold, young man, with an understanding of the world, people, philosophy, and politics that go well beyond his years. Despite this he is very power hungry, unaccomplished and uses the accomplishments of his male relatives in order to further his political career. The basis for this character is the early life of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.
  2. Octavian was a Bishop Second Class who had deployed Dr River Song on a covert mission which led to her presence on the Byzantium, that housed one Weeping Angel. When he arrived with his clerics at the crash site of the Byzantium, he was displeased with River until she introduced the Doctor, the "equivalent of an army" she had apparently promised for assistance.
    • also known as Bishop, Father Octavian
    • occupation: Soldier
  3. Octavian is a fictional character from the 2013 film Hiker Meat.
  4. Octavian is a fictional film character.


Octavian is a 14th-century Middle English verse translation and abridgement of a mid-13th century Old French romance of the same name. This Middle English version exists in three manuscript copies and in two separate compositions, one of which may have been written by the 14th-century poet Thomas Chestre who also composed Libeaus Desconus and Sir Launfal. The other two copies are not by Chestre and preserve a version of the poem in regular twelve-line tail rhyme stanzas, a verse structure that was popular in the 14th century in England. Both poetic compositions condense the Old French romance to about 1800 lines, a third of its original length, and relate “incidents and motifs common in legend, romance and chanson de geste.” The story describes a trauma that unfolds in the household of Octavian, later the Roman Emperor Augustus, whose own mother deceives him into sending his wife and his two newborn sons into exile and likely death. After many adventures, the family are at last reunited and the guilty mother-in-law appropriately punished.

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Google previewThe correspondence of M. Tullius Cicero (1899)

arranged according to its chronological order; with a revision of the text, a commentary, and introductory essays on the life of Cicero and the style of his letters by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Octavian is the chief actor, and the fault ...

Google previewArt History, Volume 1 (2016)

Anthropology, Cultural history by CTI Reviews

Octavian: Octavian is a 14thcentury Middle English verse translation and abridgement of a mid 13th century Old French romance of the same name. This Middle English version exists in three manuscript copies and in two separate ...

Google previewAn Examination of the Isis Cult with Preliminary Exploration Into New Testament Studies (2008)

by Elizabeth A. McCabe

Octavian is the victor in this battle. In the next year, 30 BC, Antony and Cleopatra commit suicide and Cleopatra's son, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World (2001)

by Joyce E. Salisbury

Romans also questioned whether Caesarion was indeed Caesar's son, for Octavian—Caesar's heir—would have much preferred if the child did not exist. All this came to a head in 32 B.C. when Antony formally divorced Octavia. War broke out ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations: M-R (2002)

by Cathal J. Nolan

They divided Rome's dominions among themselves: Octavian retained Rome, Africa, Sardinia, and Sicily; Antony received Gaul; and Lepidus was given Spain to govern. Together, they then destroyed the last republican opposition, ...

Google previewDictionary of Battles and Sieges: F-O (2007)

by Tony Jaques

Octavian sent Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa ...

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Scrabble value of O1C3T1A1V4I1A1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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