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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Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the aglinsky few scholars who has enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully Now Augustus, near the end of his own career could claim in the RG that Cicero’s prediction talinsky been fulfilled 45f. Taking a page out of reader response criticism, he suggests that this depends on the involvement of the viewer. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

In his consideration of Augustus’ moral agenda, G. This is also the very myth described by Virgil as being on the baldric of Turnus Aen. Res Gestae Divi Augusti: The culturr is of a continual flux and evolution in a greater Mediterranean culture which had antecedents before Augustus and which evolved after him.

Both show, Galinsky argues, the humane attitudes fostered by Augustus’ auctoritas. The Belvedere altar, which dates from the last decade BC, also illustrates the synthesis and popularity of Augustan themes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Galinsky notes that the Roman “response to chaos” has itself been thoroughly chaotic in the last century culyure the republic, citing the particularly stark example of the flamen dialis, which was vacant from 87 until just after Augustus became Pontifex Maximus near the end of the century.

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Galinsky views Augustus’ reign as an evolving process, not the product of a clear master plan.

What defines this galknsky is a constant mutual interaction between the man of moral vision and those invited to partake in his vision. This is a readalbe and scholarly book that synthesizes all aspects of the high tide of Roman culture. In the first chapter Galinsky sets forth the book’s basic thesis, namely that Augustus ruled by auctoritas rather than potestas. 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: But, as Augusran matured and grew into the role of emperor, his behavior must have been perceived as not conflicting with his position but as being in accord with his conservative moral legislation.

Galinsky might have augusta attention here, or in his discussion of literature in ch. The leaders in the imperial cult of Augustales consisted largely of augustann freedmen, and included women, as the evidence of several altars suggest This is an essential dynamic of Augustan culture” This beautifully produced tome contains six plates and one hundred and seventy four black and white on-page prints.

An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky. 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.

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Further, assimilation to divinities and heroes such as Hercules, Mercury, and especially Apollo accomplished a similar goal Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It was the Augustan vision, however, that most effectively solicited this trend through active participation of a broader base, truly establishing a Commonweal.

Contact Gqlinsky Us Help. Particularly interesting is Galinsky’s discussion of Augustus as a second Numa I find this to be one of Galinsky’s most interesting comparisons.


Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

Numa was one of Augustus’ primary models of inspiration because Numa was associated with Apollo and because he was the quintessential paradigm of reverence for religion.

Mar 03, James Miller rated it it was amazing. Weaving analysis and narrative cultture a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the age, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and culutre.

The haphazard way that Augustus took on these posts suggests a leadership style that addressed domestic problems primarily in an ad hoc manner. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.

Aug 18, Phil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Following Menichetti MEFR 98 []Galinsky believes that the colossus at the culmination of the left porticus originally depicted Alexander, and only later, under Claudius, was its head changed to that of Augustus In Galinsky’s judgment Augustus is a transforming leader, a shaper of values who “sounded the note of moral revitalization and followed through on it; it was a time for rededicating the state to values, virtues and ideals” Horatian recusatio presents a parallel with that of Augustus himself, who refused the offices of consul and censor, satisfied with the status afforded by his own auctoritas.