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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Nevertheless, it is hard for me to forget Tacitus’ general appraisal of Augustus’ treatment of the Roman populace: Thus ideology precedes the narrative history of Chapter 2: The term is vague, but therein lies its power as it can be constantly reinterpreted by both the Augustus himself and his followers. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.

This is only true if Galinsky is referring to Augustus as portrayed in the quadriga in front of the Mars temple, or if Menichetti’s assumption, cited above, that the colossus at the end of the northwest colonnade originally portrayed Alexander the Great, is incorrect. Indeed, his work on both Aeneid and Metamorphoses has been distinguished by concern for Augustan themes and values, whether religious. Galinsky likens the Tellus figure bearing a cornucopia at the base of the cuirass to the Tellus panel on the Ara Pacis and adroitly musters literary parallels both here and elsewhere in his discussion of the statue Princeton University Press, He also discusses Horace’s universalism of certain values: The donning of the official title pater patriae followed as a matter of course But contradiction, Galinsky suggests, was a feature of the Augustan world in general: 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: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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Galinsky’s assertion that Augustus did not engage in a propaganda campaigneven if it is now in vogue to say as much cf.

Book Review of Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

In the third chapter Galinsky sets out to discuss a number of “circumstantial” pieces of evidence for the ingenuity and vitality of the Augustan settlement. It abounds with evidence and illustrations from the ancient sources, and it is au fait with recent scholarship. Augustus was ggalinsky, 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.

Trivia About Augustan Culture Herbert rated it it was amazing Mar 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Galinsky has been writing for thirty years now even before Aeneas, Sicily and Rome. Throughout the east, Octavian resisted the idea that he should himself be referred to as theos; rather, he allowed shrines to be set up to himself only by non-citizens and only when his person was specifically linked to the goddess Roma.

Beausephus rated it really liked it Oct 03, Yet for all his beneficence, Augustus had a dark side that Galinsky finally draws attention to at the close of this penultimate chapter. Moreover, Augustus wholly refrained from triumphal processions after his famous triple triumph of As Pontifex Maximus, Augustus reorganized the cult of the Lares Compitales, itself the center of collegia.

Such reluctance is the only steady feature of the otherwise evolving expansion and diversification of the worship of Augustus in the east.

Galinsky now discusses each poet individually. This is a readalbe and scholarly book that synthesizes all aspects of the high tide of Roman culture. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


Published February 15th by Princeton University Press first published 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. On the other hand, its width allowed for much “latitude and open circulation” All Latin is translated; all ideas are thoroughly explored; illustrations abound; I think this is an excellent text. Galinsky also considers Virgil’s labor improbus cculture G.

Cluture aside, however, Galinsky certainly does a good job of interpreting Augustus’ reforms in the best light possible. Mich Must Read rated it really liked it Jul 25, Add both to Cart Add both to List.

Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

Echos du monde classique: Reading this book, I was auguetan by how much it had in common it had with another work I recently reviewed: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. No trivia or quizzes yet. Augustus joined this society even though some of its members had formerly been his enemies.

Galinsky believes in Augustus. An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky.

There was unity but flexibility and thus overall chlture. I was glad therefore to pick the book back up and read it through more carefully and with attention to how certain passages can be made useful for school age learners.