Caesar’s nephew and adopted son, Octavius represents “western” values in contrast with “eastern” principles represented by Cleopatra’s Egypt. He is not the best warrior in Rome, but his logical reasoning helps him become a good leader. Octavius is a true symbol of strict rule, order, and Roman law. Although he is strong and exacting, Octavius has emotions just like every human. Readers expect him to get satisfaction, but he feels sad because the nation has lost a great soldier. Octavius Caesar commands to bury Cleopatra and Antonio beside one another because he understands their devotion and love. He mourns, and this shows his human traits.
Octavius Caesar in the Essays