K. GALINSKY: Augustan Culture. an Interpretive Introduction. + , 6 pls, ills . Princeton: Princeton University Press, Cased, $/? With Augustan Culture, Karl Galinsky has offered the most important single volume about the Augustan period since Zanker’s Power of Images. Galinsky’s. Augustan Culture has 33 ratings and 3 reviews. James said: I first used this book for an undergraduate essay on whether Augustus’ famous rem publicam ex.

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Not the authority of a military strongman with an army at his back, but the spiritual and social authority of someone with a superior vision and sense of responsibility. That temple in particular had been, with the portico that surrounded it, a kind of mini-museum of Greek art that continued to flow into the city as Roman generals brought augusstan various objets d’art among the spoils of war. Baruna rated it liked it Jan 07, Text, Translation, and Commentary. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

This latter attribute was emphasized also in the portico connected to the temple, where the Danaids were depicted murdering their husbands, the sons of Aegyptus; the connection between this statue group and Augustus’ victory over Antony is obvious enough.

Great art and literature can respond to oppression, as G. This articulation is augusran 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.

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Is not Cicero’s opportunism perhaps comparable to Augustus’ own? As a special note, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus is a collection of essays by various authors, but which is edited harmoniously by Galinsky. Galinsky spends several pages demonstrating not only the purpose behind the structure, but describing in some detail the way it appeared auugustan its original form.


One way Augustus forged the connection was through an issue of coinage in 23 that presented his own head on the obverse, and Numa’s on the reverse. Augustus was not, however, seeking conquest of the entire world, for he likely recognized that imperialistic pretensions had, in some measure, contributed to the fall of the republic.

Nevertheless, in foreign affairs, Augustus did have a cohesive policy. Shannon Frank rated it it was amazing Apr 23, This is a re-read for me, but a good one. I love, love Karl Galinsky former professor of mine at UT and his books regarding culture during the age of Augustus rock! 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.

Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar’s reign 31 B. In addition, he wished to reveal himself to be civilis princeps, as the Forbes type suggests Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

I must say his knowledge and insight into transformation of Roman culture during the reign of August is superb. I eventually found he wrote a book and decided to read it.

aigustan 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. Instead it had degenerated into a vortex of self-serving oligarchs whose vicious competition with each other nearly destroyed the commonwealth and strangled the culture. Long before Augustus, Greek architects like Hermodoris of Salamis, who designed the Temple of Jupiter Stator for Caecilus Metellus in the s, were at work in the city. This activity fostered the growing taste for things Greek.


He begins his discussion with general remarks, echoing a theme with which he had concluded the previous chapter, namely that Augustan art and literature require a certain participation on the part of the audience. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

This temple provided a divine parallel for Augustus’ world culturre cf. He is careful with details, ranging from variegated marble floor tiles of the forum to its citations of fifth-century Greek culture Share your thoughts with other customers. But Galinsky does not want there to be teeth in Ovid’s wit the way Zanker does: As one finds in Augustan poetry, the ‘sign’ is resurrected, redeployed, and reinvested with new associations.

I will not mention Gallus’ demise or, if Gordon Williams is correct, Maecenas’ fall from grace. In so many words it clothed old bones in new flesh.

Obviously the Augustus has the upper hand in the affair; but a leader is effective only insofar as he has good followers. The Reign of Augustus Cultude Classics. He begins with the Ara Pacis, discussing it both in terms of its own iconography and with regard to its particular placement in the Campus Martius.

There was unity but flexibility and thus overall stability. The disrepair of religion itself reflected the disorder of the Roman state in the decades just before Augustus’ rule. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Citing Keuls, Galinsky mentions that the grief of the Danaids generally parallels that of Aeneas Preview — Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky.

Thomas’ commentary ad loc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Creativity in narrative is a facet of the Augustan experience: