Augustus Deck focuses on the time periods of the First and Second Triumvirates of Rome’s dramatic history. The First Triumvirate ended when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great and became Dictator, before his assassination by members of the Senate. The Second Triumvirate ended when Octavian defeated Mark Antony & Cleopatra, and eventually became the first Emperor of Rome (and given the name AUGUSTUS).
The ROME: Augustus Tuck Box features a cityscape of Ancient Roman temples and buildings on each side and a statue of Augustus on the front and a statue of Julius Caesar on the back. Gold foil is utilized throughout, including as strategic accents within the two statues. The main temple is inscribed with the phrase “LIVIA NOSTRI CONIUGI MEMOR VIVE AC VALE”, which is Latin for “Goodbye, Livia; remember our marriage”. Augustus said this to his wife, Livia (Queen of Hearts), on his deathbed. Also included on the main temple are banners with a laurel wreath and the Roman SPQR symbol. The tuck interior features a map of Europe during the height of Rome’s Empire.
The back card for the ROME: Augustus Deck is truly one of the most unique back cards in the world of playing cards! Featured on each half are the Ancient Roman cityscape and a closeup of the Augustus statue. The center banner is at the inverse angle of the Face Cards’ banners.
The Court Cards for the ROME Decks portray twelve of the most influential men and women from the end of the Roman Republic. The list of characters include Cicero, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Marcus Brutus, Servilia Caepionis, Julius Caesar, Cassius, Octavia Minor, Pompey the Great, Marcus Agrippa, Livia Drusilla and Augustus. They are drawn with rich and vibrant colors. Colors that are associated with Ancient Rome. The numbers cards for the ROME Decks are designed to look similar to an Ancient Roman Shield in the center, and opposing soldiers positioned on each side (the large PIPS). Subtle details are hidden within the Map background throughout all of the Face Cards.