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At the same time Galinsky’s views on authority.

Jack Wheeler rated it really liked it Apr 08, Brooke, [Cambridge, ]Galinsky regards the relationship of imperial coins to the formation of public opinion to be “slight, if it exists at all” This temple provided a divine parallel for Augustus’ world dominance cf. Regarding poetry, Galinsky does not tell us many things new, but cylture nicely brings together into a few pages current cupture communis.

He also discusses Augustan literature, with a good, if brief, assessment of Eclogue 4; he broaches the topic of the Golden Age as presented in the Georgics, proffering labor as the essential stimulus for civilization in G.

Citing a number of ancient sources that establish a connection between moral reinvigoration and imperialistic ambition, Galinsky justifies Augustus in his donning of uagustan mantle of world dominator Galinsky closes this important if somewhat diffuse chapter with an explanation of moral decline in the empire that contradicts Tacitus’ assertion that loss of libertas under the emperors produced a decline in rhetoric and in Roman society’s values.

This subject matter is Galinsky’s area of expertise and all of his books–particularly this one–are enjoyable to read.

He notes that Rome betrayed Greek influence at every angle. The Forum Augustum “was to be a monument where personal intent and the public purpose coalesced” galinzky Thomas’ commentary ad loc.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

This is a re-read for me, but a good one. Most of all, his silence about Ovid’s elegiac production and exile, to my mind, raises as many questions as his many intelligent analyses of Horace and Virgil settle. Lists with This Book. First, the themes of cosmos and imperium, so much a part of the world of Augustus, have antecedents in Cicero’s famous description of the Catilinarian conspirators, who plan the destruction huius urbis atque adeo de orbis terrarum In Cat.

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Galinsky shows that throughout the thirties and even into the twenties, Octavian wanted to be a leader characterized by auctoritas, as suggested by the Actium and especially Prima Porta type portraits.

Galinsky also considers Virgil’s labor improbus from G. Moreover, Augustus wholly refrained from triumphal processions after his famous triple triumph cylture He does well to point up the inconsistency of the orthodox opinions, dismissing the rigid classifications of Augustan portraiture such as “Actium type,” which he reveals not only to be an anachronistic misnomer, but also one that implies too strong a break between styles.

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: All Latin is trans I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous “rem publicam ex mea potestate in senatus populique Romani arbitrium transtuli” meant what it seemed to.

Herbert rated it it was amazing Mar 12, By virtue of his monarchy, Augustus prevented petty rivalry from developing between generals. It is difficult for me to regard the frequent repetition of the titular DIVI F as anything less than propaganda.

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Augustus joined this society even though some of its members had formerly been his enemies. Erected earlier than the Forum Augustum, it was situated in the oldest section of Rome, the Germalus summit of the Palatine, sacred not only for the Lupercal, galinskj hut of Romulus and for the slope where Hercules’ slew the monster Cacus, but also for the precinct of Victory located there. Corbeill puts forward provocative views, and, although I remain unpersuaded by most of them.

On the other hand, its width allowed for much “latitude and open circulation” Galinsky might have called attention here, or in his discussion of culturee in ch. Galinsky believes in Augustus.

This was in part because he was, like a god, a bestower of benefits upon mankind. These human touches give this monument its power, distinguishing its humanity from the “relentless monotony of imperialism” exemplified in the monuments of other despots. His argument begins with a most intelligent discussion of the clipeus virtutis and analysis of each of the four virtues named on it.


Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

That aside, however, Galinsky certainly does a good job of interpreting Augustus’ reforms in the best light possible. 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 the Great, is incorrect.

Galinsky discusses thoroughly one example for which we do have solid evidence, namely that of the Fratres Arvales, going culfure beyond Zanker’s less detailed treatment Zanker, f.

For the most part it could be shaped and was shaped as much by individuals besides Augustus as it was by him” Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. In Galinsky’s judgment Augustus is a transforming leader, a shaper of values galihsky “sounded the note of moral revitalization and followed through on it; it was a time for rededicating the state to values, virtues and ideals” I cannot unequivocally accept the idea that a renaissance of literature and art is more likely to come about in a basically supportive environment.

Horace “carries on a ggalinsky dialogue with the Augustan milieu” After all, it is true that Augustus did not allow Agrippa’s Pantheon to be named after himself, nor would he allow his statue to be placed among the other gods Dio It had changed my thinking about the Augustan poets and the degree of state control that was even possible at the time.

Galinsky’s appraisal of Cicero’s character 73however, seems to me less than fair.