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Augustan Culture

An Interpretive Introduction

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Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. Although much research has been done on individual facets of Augustan culture, Karl Galinsky's book presents a unified overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout an illustrated text, Galinsky provides an account of the major ideas of the age, and offers an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence. Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man's will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation.

Product code: 9780691058900

ISBN 9780691058900
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW152
No. Of Pages 496
Publisher Princeton University Press
On Sale Date 15/02/1998
Grand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 BC to AD 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. This book presents an overview, one that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion.