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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He notes that one cannot doubt but that Octavian rose to power because he wanted to rule. Hardie, Cosmos and Imperium, f. Citing Keuls, Galinsky mentions that the grief of the Danaids generally parallels that of Aeneas In Chapter 4, Galinsky sets out to suggest a parallel development between poetry considered in chapter 5 and art and architecture.

Is not Cicero’s opportunism perhaps comparable to Augustus’ own?

Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

Although cklture research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky’s book is the first in decades to present a unified overview, one augusyan brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion.

For Galinsky, a product of modern scholarship, language has nuance. A great read for scholars and dabblers alike. Turning to the question of personal morality, Galinsky concedes that “there is little doubt that Octavian sowed some wild oats” 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. Having explained its root meaning, he cleverly details how in his Res Gestae Augustus claims auctoritas as his only right to lead.

That is a shame, for the ideas here are powerful and deserve to be circulated among the widest possible audience. Refresh and try again. Jason rated it liked it Apr 20, The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the very few scholars who augudtan enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully Though Galinsky rightly stresses the importance of labor both to the Georgics and to Augustus’ moral vision, it is difficult for me to accept the assertion that the primary meaning of Virgil’s famous phrase labor improbus is simply “immense work” for which, cf.


It was the Augustan vision, however, that most effectively solicited this trend through active participation of a broader base, truly establishing a Commonweal. Further, he suggests that any given work might therefore encompass a range of associations or allusions. Augustus successfully imported the eastern idea of a mausoleum to serve as a counter-example to Anthony’s desire to be buried with Cleopatra in Egypt.

The haphazard way that Augustus took on these posts suggests a leadership style that addressed domestic problems primarily in an ad hoc manner. This is a readalbe and scholarly book that synthesizes all aspects of the high tide galinsy Roman culture.

Joel S rated it liked it Jul 23, This abets, or perhaps even creates, a dynamic between the poet and reader.

Book Review of Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

Mike rated it really liked it Sep 30, Augustan elegy presents “a constant dialogue with Augustan themes” Augustus was very active in revealing himself to be a religious leader: Gapinsky preferred to celebrate the memory of his adopted father. The lavish building program begun by Caesar and augmented and completed by Augustus also reflected his auctoritas. Galinsky recapitulates in this chapter one of his basic themes, namely that the Augustan regime inspires a new humanitas that itself fosters artistic and literary expression f.

All of this leads cultuure nicely into a discussion of Augustan poetry. Galinsky calls attention to two principal goals of Augustus’ religious policies: Each was aere perennius. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

While I am not sure that there is any wholly satisfactory explanation for the simultaneous flourishing of Virgil, Horace, Propertius, et al. Despite such a seemingly cultire accretion of divine attributes, Galinsky accepts the evidence that Augustus himself resisted being worshipped as a god in Rome.

It abounds with evidence and illustrations from the ancient sources, and it is au fait with recent scholarship. James rated it it was amazing Oct 13, 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.


The answer to the question begins with how one defines res publica. Galinsky spends several pages demonstrating not only the purpose behind the structure, but describing in some detail the way it appeared in its original form. His argument funnels to Aeneas’ particular decision about whether or not to spare Turnus. In the western provinces, the eastern practices were imported, as for example at Lugdunum, where a cult of Roma and Augustus was flourishing by 12 BC.

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: Galinsky discusses in detail the Jupiter Tonans Temple no longer extant on the slope of the Culturs.

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Trivia About Augustan Culture The changing of his name to Augustus may not have had a clear precedent, but it had lasting effect. Particularly good here is his discussion of Aeneas’ struggle with his past f. The Belvedere altar, which dates from the last decade BC, also illustrates the synthesis and popularity of Augustan themes. galinzky

Jordan rated it it was amazing Aug 27, 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. Return to Book Page. With regard to Augustus’ principate, this reviewer stands, in the final analysis, somewhere between these two extremes, admittedly a bit closer to dissent.

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The use of Luni marble gave these new and restored buildings a certain magnificentia. Imperator Caesar Augustus, where the nomen, Caesar, provided a historical basis for his auctoritas, which was itself etymologically related with his cognomen, Augustus, a name which, of course, had its own para-divine implications