Greetings all. This post will probably get some hate but this is the ugly truth.
Octavian. The character we love to hate. The character that committed suicide in belief he save Rome. The character who gets unnecessary blame for his actions.
Octavian, in case you don't know, is the augur of Camp Jupiter, and a legacy of Apollo. He believed that the Greeks were bad and openly went to war against them. He wanted to save Rome and defeat the Greeks, but his approach was harsh and he, in belief he saved Rome, tied himself to a onager (a roman war catapult) and shot himself at Gaea.
Octavian is largely hated by many PJO fans, for one big reason:
Screwing the seven. I have no idea why, but apparently going against the seven because of one's beliefs is considered wrong. Key word beliefs. Octavian has beliefs, and he followed them, heck he died for them. Another example of this was Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the USA. You know why he won the election against Aaron Burr? He had beliefs. You know why anyone in the world who was successful got to the point they are? THEY HAD BELIEFS. Yet Octavian is hated for this. WIthout standing for what you believe what is right, liverty, and freedom, right of choice, belief, we wouldn't have 99.999999% of the stuff we have today.
Now, why? What were his beliefs?
This is a bit of speculation but hear me out. From what we have seen in the books, Octavian is seriously hated by everyone in the books. Perhaps he needed a friend? Perhaps he was in a bad mental state? He had beliefs, beliefs that he would help and revolutionise Rome, and then we he grew he became a augur and he was promised to be the saviour of Rome.
He was shocked by this, it was completely in sync with his beliefs. He was passionate in this belief, and he intended to carry it out. Yet, he was hated among Camp Jupiter. Everyone rejected him. The only person that we know is Octavian's friend is Michael Kahale, but to be honest he's a son of Venus so that does not really count.
When Jason Grace arrived, and he left Rome, Octavian felt betrayed. He was already rejected and in a bad mental state and that amplified him. He believed Jason was a traitor. Even Reyna, the praetor we all know and love rejected him. They never cut him slack, never shown any friendship, and to be honest all he wanted to do it help Rome.
The more the Romans were involved with the Greeks, the worse Octavian went. He still had that deep belief, the save Rome, but no one agreed with him.
That led up to the point of his death. He yet still had that belief inside of him, showing he is a great person, he never gave up, and he stood up for what was right. He committed suicide in belief he had saved Rome by killing Gaea and Jason, whom he believed was a traitor, but yet after his death which helped killing Gaea he is still regarded a villain.
I hope this post gives you some insight into Octavian's real motives and beliefs. Beliefs are strong, and they could change the world.