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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Galinsky also considers Virgil’s labor improbus from G. Though carefully trying to disguise his power under a variety of republican offices, the spirit of the Republican government had clearly died ignominiously under his guidance. Accordingly, religious buildings were run down, as were morality and religious sentiment in general Eighty-three temples were restored, twelve fulture ones were built, and honorary statues were transferred en bloc to the Campus Martius It articulated a vague conception of Romanatis through the use of language, images and values – but allowed the various provincials to meet the central government halfway in realizing that Romanatis.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

Whit rated it really liked it Apr 01, Since Galinsky decides not to consider Ovidian elegy, I am able to agree that the elegy that G. It was good to be reminded of some nuances that I’d forgotten and to re-read the sections on archaology in light of my more recent interest in the topic. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I am not convinced that there was a great deal of happiness after Augustus’ reign, and not even during it was everyone content e.

Galinsky goes well beyond Zanker, who wants to restrict the artist’s autonomy Zanker, f. Review “A thought provoking study that complements and integrates the fruits of many significant studies on individual elements of this major international ancient culture. I cultre 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 agustan school age learners.

Paperbackpages. Particularly interesting is Galinsky’s discussion of Augustus as a second Numa Paradoxically the seizure of the state apparatus by one man enfranchised a broader base. Galinsky explains Syme’s formulation as a product of the influence of his own times in the period before the second World War, an influence, Galinsky notes, of which Syme himself was not unaware. His motive stemmed from his own moral convictions and commitment to values 73something that was a general feature of the Roman traditionalism that “left little alternative except gainsky the seemingly paradoxical augusan of revitalizing that very traditionalism” This alone aigustan the book an interesting exercise.


Augustan Culture by Karl Galinsky

Galinsky defends Augustus’ assertion in the Culturre Gestae that he had brought libertas to the res publica. Turning to the question of personal morality, Galinsky concedes that “there is little doubt that Octavian sowed some wild oats” Augustus ruled by auctoritas, which made him auctor perpetuus rather than the dictator perpetuus that his adopted father had attempted to be.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Galinsky’s articulation of the polysemous facets of Augustan portraiture — e. I will not mention Gallus’ demise or, gxlinsky Gordon Williams is correct, Maecenas’ fall from grace.

In it were housed several paintings that depicted Apollo, thus strengthening Augustus’ association with that cult. He also exiled his daughter, Julia, and his own grandson, Agrippa Postumus.

It deals with literature, art, politics,architecture, you name it.

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All of this leads rather nicely into a discussion of Augustan auugstan. On the one hand, he wants to preserve “the largely autonomous nature of the entire portraiture process”while at culyure same time denying it “certainly, the ruler is an active participant in determining his self-representation” Nevertheless, Augustus did exhort senators to help to rebuild the city, and at least afforded them opportunity to exercise their own auctoritas in the revitalization process.

He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result augutsan one man’s will. Outside of Rome, the Augustales, who formed the basis of a new middle class cf. Amy rated it really liked it Sep 15, These include the golden shield and the laurel, the latter of which was associated with clture because it was worn by the victor in a triumphal procession. This articulation is very important not only for art historians but for anyone who wishes to grasp the richness of associations present in the art, as much as the literature, of the Augustan period.


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Galinsky considers also the frescoes from Augustus’ famous “Syracuse” sc. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

That temple in particular had been, with the portico that surrounded it, a kind of mini-museum of Greek art that continued to flow into the city as Roman generals brought home various objets d’art among the spoils of war.

This brotherhood of cultivation was reorganized by Augustus, who significantly elevated its status. Yet for all his beneficence, Augustus had a dark side that Galinsky finally augustqn attention to at the close of this penultimate chapter.

Their withdrawal precipitated Augustus’ consolidation of power and led, ultimately, to the identification of his person with the state proper His discussion features an especially intelligent consideration galinksy the altar reliefs and the epigraphical testimony of the Compitum Acili 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.

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. Each was aere perennius. The Augustus ruled because he had a superior type of visionary morality in which he invited others to participate; but the term was flexible enough that those so invited to follow had a certain leeway in how they responded.

Mike rated it really liked it Sep 30, It is a grim fact that Augustus exiled Ovid, zugustan that he ordered the execution of many. Likewise, Horace adapts and Romanizes the genre of Greek lyric successfully and Virgil similarly draws on features of Greek tragedy in his revivification of Homeric epic in the Aeneid. Freedom was the price that had to be paid for the pax Augusta, a valuable commodity indeed, but also a high price.