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Galinsky closes his discussion in this chapter by turning to the Temple of Apollo Palatinus.

This is an essential dynamic of Augustan culture” Freedom was the price that had to be paid for the pax Augusta, a valuable commodity indeed, but also a high price. Jim Westcot rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Moreover, Augustus wholly refrained from triumphal processions after his famous triple triumph of Regarding poetry, Galinsky does gxlinsky tell us many things new, but he nicely brings together into a few pages current opinio communis.

Galinsky recapitulates in this chapter cuoture of his basic themes, namely that the Augustan regime inspires a new humanitas that itself fosters artistic and literary expression f.

The donning of auugustan official title pater patriae followed as a matter of course To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In sum, Augustan Culture is a book that makes the reader think and will help shape Augustan studies for the rest of the decade and well beyond.

I recommend Zanker’s discussion Zanker, of how the beautifully minted coinage of Octavian offers “a case of aesthetics in the service of political ends” Zanker, Brooke, [Cambridge, ]Galinsky regards the relationship of imperial coins to the formation of public opinion to be “slight, if it exists at all” Despite such a seemingly deliberate accretion of divine attributes, Galinsky accepts the evidence that Augustus himself resisted being worshipped as a god in Rome.


He notes that, like Augustan art, the literature of the period demands the “active participation” of the reader: I am referring here not only to Moore’s Artistry and Ideology, which G.

But inasmuch as that king had already been claimed by the gens Calpurnia, any connection with him necessarily had to be subtle. Galinsky also considers Virgil’s labor improbus from G.

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Accordingly, religious buildings were run down, as were morality and religious sentiment in general His explanation of this debated panel more or less follows Zanker’s Power of Images, f. Such reluctance is the only steady feature of the otherwise evolving expansion and diversification of the worship of Augustus in the east.

The leaders in the imperial cult of Augustales consisted largely of wealthy freedmen, and included women, as the evidence of several altars suggest His analysis includes many insightful observations as he compares the wall paintings to various Ovidian vignettes, a tack that G. Schmaltz [ RhM ]Galinsky wants to suggest a more fluid development in portrait style.

The extensive acanthus decoration symbolizes the abundance of nature, while the images of snakes and birds’ nests suggest that “peace and growth are never unthreatened” Hardie,they certainly provided a fitting mythological prototype for that shield and for the Virgilian shield of Aeneas cf.

Galinsky’s finest work on Horace emerges at the close of his discussion of this author when he compares Odes 4 to the Ara Pacis. He contrasts the choices that Virgil posits for Aeneas to augustn simpler choice of the Homeric Achilles, who preferred a short and glorious life to a long one without recognition. One way Augustus forged the connection was through an issue of coinage in 23 that presented halinsky own head on the obverse, and Numa’s on the reverse.


Creativity in narrative is a facet of the Augustan culhure Further, two paintings of Alexander by Apelles were housed in the Forum, as well as other artifacts pertaining to that ruler. 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 Less satisfying is Galinsky’s dismissal of the problem of Ovid’s exile f.

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Augustan elegy presents “a constant dialogue with Augustan themes” In addition, he wished to reveal himself to be civilis princeps, as the Forbes type suggests In his consideration of Augustus’ augustaj agenda, G.

Galinsky discusses Augustus’ choice for the location of the temple in this sacred setting, stressing the fact that his home would be framed by Victory on one side and on the other by Apollo.

All of this leads rather nicely into a discussion of Augustan poetry.