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One need not infer, as G. The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the very few scholars who has enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully Moreover, Augustus wholly refrained from triumphal processions after his famous triple triumph of On the one hand, he wants to preserve “the largely autonomous nature of the entire portraiture process”while at the same time denying it “certainly, the ruler is an active participant in determining his self-representation” As Pontifex Gxlinsky, Augustus reorganized the cult of the Lares Compitales, itself the center of collegia.

Propagation of the new order, then, equals propagation of emperor. This is only true if Galinsky is referring to Augustus as portrayed in the quadriga in front of the Mars temple, or if Menichetti’s assumption, cited above, that the colossus at the end of the northwest colonnade originally portrayed Alexander aufustan Great, is incorrect.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

These include the golden shield and the laurel, the latter of which was associated with victory because it was worn by the victor in a triumphal procession. Galinsky also considers the Aeneid in this chapter. Second, Augustus sought to revitalize rather than merely to return to existing traditions Galinsky considers also the frescoes from Augustus’ famous “Syracuse” sc. Propertius also adapts epic situations, for he transforms epic proelia into love battles in bed.


Trivia About Augustan Culture Second, Lutatius Catulus had proposed the title of pater patriae for the one who saved the state from the Catilinarians Sest. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is also the very myth described by Virgil as being on the baldric of Turnus Aen.

This chapter is in some ways the strongest, in other ways the least satisfying in the study. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

The book begins with an “evolutionary” description of Augustus’ rise to power, gslinsky is set in antithesis to Syme’s notion of Roman revolution.

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Echos du monde classique: This articulation is very important not only for art historians but for anyone who wishes to grasp the richness of associations present in the art, as much as the literature, of the Augustan period. As I see it, however, money is something that does a highly effective job of providing a constant reminder of who the important people are cf.

Every milestone in Italy, to take a signal example, would have had his name on it. He offers a somewhat detailed discussion of the paintings in the houses of Livia and Augustus, suggesting that the overall effect is not unlike that of a pinacotheca.

Augustus was the true benefactor of the city and his name reflected his auctoritas: Though Galinsky views Suetonius’ assessment of Augustus’ ruthless side as “the lesson learned from Caesar’s clemency”he nevertheless does admit that it is something difficult to accept. In addition, he wished to reveal himself to be civilis princeps, as the Forbes type suggests The use of Luni marble gave these new and restored buildings a certain magnificentia.


A further feature of Augustus’ revitalization manipulation? No trivia or quizzes yet. In sum, Augustan Culture is a book that makes the reader think and will help shape Augustan studies for the rest of the decade and well beyond. I find this to be one of Galinsky’s most interesting comparisons.

He wanted to rule not on illegitimate grounds, but rather with a broad base of participation. Galinsky views Augustus’ reign as an evolving process, not the product of a clear master galins,y.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

Galinsky compares the effect of Horace’s famous sphragis C. Galinsky also considers Virgil’s labor improbus from G. Galinsky goes on to treat Augustan architecture in this chapter.

Galinsky discusses Augustus’ choice for the location of the temple in this sacred setting, stressing the fact that his home would be framed by Victory on one side and on the other by Apollo.

Galinskky for all his beneficence, Augustus had a dark side that Galinsky finally draws attention to at the close of this penultimate chapter. Galinsky examines the famous epigram of Martial that quotes the emperor’s erotic verse. This bound Apollo to the remote ancestors of the Latins cf. I cannot unequivocally accept the idea that a renaissance of literature and art is more likely to come about in a basically supportive environment.

The only moment where one can detect a very long-term strategy is the first “settlement” of