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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. These last two ideas are linked because “if the res publica was to be restored meaningfully, a revival of morals was the precondition” He is careful with details, ranging from variegated marble floor tiles of the forum to its citations of fifth-century Greek culture Foulkes, Literature and Propagandaseems to me less compelling than his insightful remarks about Numa.

The uagustan of the official title pater patriae followed as a matter of course On it the old motif of amazonomachy, which in Greek tradition symbolized the victory of the Greeks over the Persians, now suggests Augustus’ victory over the Egyptian queen The emperor preferred to herald his cilture by a great number of portrait busts and honorific inscriptions erected to him.

The dictator’s precedent helps to explain why Augustus took such pains to cultivate the image of a princeps who could take being the butt of a joke: West, PVS 15 [] Galinsky calls attention to two principal galinsmy of Augustus’ religious policies: 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” At the same time Galinsky’s views on authority.


Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

The figure of Aeneas on the altar clearly corresponds to the Aeneas auustan the Ara Pacis. After this, Augustus chose to emphasize “the transforming aspect of his leadership” especially evident in his production of the Secular Games of 17 and his receiving of the title of pater patriae fifteen years later.

Elsewhere, however, Virgil deliberately blurs images. The lavish building program begun by Caesar and augmented and completed by Augustus also reflected his auctoritas.

Galinsky might have called attention here, or in his discussion of literature in ch. In Chapter 6 Galinsky argues that close examination of religion provides a “textbook illustration” of Augustus’ auctoritas in action. Augustus was the true benefactor of the city and his name reflected his auctoritas: No trivia or quizzes yet. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

I differ from G. Baruna rated it liked it Jan 07, That aside, however, Galinsky certainly does a good job of interpreting Augustus’ reforms in the best light possible. Galinsky catalogues some of the reasons for Augustus’ assumption of duties, such as the cura viarum or cura annonae. He notes that one cannot doubt but that Octavian rose to power because he wanted to rule. Cizek that it is precisely when we look for a poetic quality in Livy’s prose that we can begin to appreciate the refinement of his style.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

I am not convinced that there was a great deal of happiness after Augustus’ reign, and not even during it was everyone content e. Trivia About Augustan Culture But while many readers will become immediately engaged with Galinsky’s reading of the Princeps and his ideology, this reviewer must postpone the temptation to discuss the emperor and his historian until she has clearly indicated the structure and strengths of this splendid synoptic study.

Erin Katz rated it liked gailnsky Nov 30, Cicero had predicted, at the end of his own and the beginning of the princeps’ career, that Octavian was culfure of doing this Phil. For this practice Augustus had an obvious model in the Hellenistic monarchs. Using the principles of diegesis outlined by Gennette in Narrative Discourse, Galinsky shows that the narrative of Ovid’s poem is constantly in flux. While Augustus’ precise motives will perhaps always be debated, his actions and their ramifications can be considered more objectively.


Augustus’ actions included legislation ultimately designed to strengthen the family as the basic societal unit. Galinsky likens the Tellus figure bearing a cornucopia at the base of the cuirass to the Tellus panel on the Ara Pacis and adroitly musters literary parallels both here and elsewhere in his discussion of the statue In it were housed several paintings that depicted Apollo, thus strengthening Augustus’ association with that cult.

Galinsky also calls attention to the association of the Apollo temple with the god Sol, whose chariot adorned its roof. Corbeill puts forward provocative views, and, although I remain unpersuaded by most of them.

But contradiction, Galinsky suggests, was a feature of the Augustan world in yalinsky Galinsky’s final assessment of Livy’s history, namely that it “has little in common with the sophistication we find in the best Augustan poetry” does not give Livy his due. Preview — Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky. Does not the very fact that Ovid was exiled call into question the notion of artistic and galonsky liberty that Galinsky believes to have been a consistent feature of Augustan culture?