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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In regard to literary references about the ludi saeculares and about Augustus’ moral reforms, Galinsky’s presentation is qualified and balanced: Jason rated it liked it Apr 20, Foulkes, Literature and Propagandaseems to me less compelling than his insightful remarks about Numa. Read more Read less. The Galinsky project is to reevaluate Augustan culture in terms of our galinnsky modern analysis.

This chapter hangs in part on Galinsky’s definition of libertaswhich he wants to be invested with a great range of meaning. Chapter 3 instantiates these “ideas, ideals and values” from the virtues of the clipeus virtutis. Hence his refortifying and ennobling of such sodalities had a healing effect on a society hitherto lacerated by civil strife. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In short, cultyre objection to G. One need not infer, as G.

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 autustan decline in rhetoric and in Roman society’s values.

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Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

In a brief preliminary survey of recent scholarly approaches Galinsky sets out the three essential aspects of the Res Publica which Augustus claimed to restore: He also exiled his daughter, Julia, and his own grandson, Agrippa Postumus.


Wil rated it really liked it Jun 08, Perhaps it is not surprising that Galinsky decides largely to omit Ovid’s elegiac poetry from this discussion: The extensive acanthus decoration symbolizes the abundance of nature, while the images of snakes and birds’ gainsky suggest that “peace and growth are never unthreatened” Set up a giveaway.

In this regard, G. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Second, Augustus sought to revitalize rather than merely to return to existing traditions Second, Galinsky notes, Octavian adopted a number of soteriological attributes. 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 cultuge the other gods Dio Augustus was, in so many words, a thug with a prodigious propaganda machine.

With Augustus at the helm, Roman culture was allowed to adapt to contemporary times, to find new outward expressions of its inner being. Perhaps as important is his acquisition of permanent tribunal sacrosanctitas in vulture, which, if it does not necessarily elevate its bearer to semi-devine status de facto, at least puts him in a position essentially beyond the law, and in that sense makes him godlike.

Susann rated it really liked it Sep 08, East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Horatian recusatio presents a parallel with that of Augustus himself, who refused the offices balinsky consul and censor, satisfied with the status afforded by his own auctoritas. This temple provided a divine parallel for Augustus’ world dominance cf. By virtue of his monarchy, Augustus prevented petty rivalry from developing galinsjy generals. To ask other readers questions about Halinsky Cultureplease sign up.

The net result was the casting of Augustus as deus praesens, a theme also reflected in contemporary poetry e. Galinsky goes well beyond Zanker, who wants to restrict the artist’s autonomy Zanker, f.


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The answer to the question begins with how one defines res publica. Share your thoughts with other customers. As Pontifex Maximus, Augustus reorganized the cult of the Lares Compitales, itself the center of collegia. That is a shame, for the ideas here are powerful and deserve to be circulated among the widest possible audience.

Furthermore, there was the obvious problem of the coexistence of monarchy and republic. His comparison of art and literature is especially valuable. Turning to Ovid’s transcendent quality, Galinsky writes that for the Metamorphoses “the guiding auctoritas of the poet is narrative and not moral”a formulation with which most will agree.

I find this thesis interesting because we also see this kind of “reverse psychology” in Augustus’ dealings with the Roman Senate. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like galiinsky suggest updates through seller support? His argument funnels to Aeneas’ particular decision about whether or not to spare Turnus. Octavian’s grasp for power, Galinsky admits, “had been accompanied by a bloodbath and a ruthlessness that appalled even contemporaries calloused by previous galinksy wars” The Forum Augustum, therefore, not only connected Rome with its past, but established Augustus’ own reputation as world ruler, while at the same time having several practical and symbolic functions: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.