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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Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

To my shame I read the key bits and then forgot to read the rest even though the bits I read have shaped my work and teaching since. I love, love Karl Galinsky former professor of mine at UT and his books regarding culture during the age of Augustus rock!

But the emperor was also himself especially blessed, and thus sacrifices could be made to the gods for him. To take one example, G. He demonstrates how the Forum Augustum served in many ways as the equivalent of the Athenian acropolis.

Alex rated it really liked it Augustwn 12, Galinsky concisely addresses the difference between the potestas of Julius Caesar and the “more nuanced” auctoritas of Augustus, a distinction that he will return to at the close of the book. The poetic environment that Propertius creates, if more like the day-to-day world of the urbs, is nevertheless quicker to take up the glainsky exempla of epic. For Galinsky, a product of modern scholarship, language has nuance.

Galinsky can be at times sensitive and perspicacious e. The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the very few scholars culturf has enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully English Choose a language for shopping. For this practice Augustus had an obvious model in the Hellenistic monarchs. In the case of Virgil, he continues his discussion of Aeneas’ choices and his comparison with heroes of Greek epic Horace “carries on a creative dialogue with the Augustan milieu” Shannon Frank rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Turning to Ovid’s transcendent quality, Galinsky writes that for the Metamorphoses “the guiding auctoritas of the poet is narrative and not moral”a formulation with which most will agree.


Instead, Galinsky believes that the moral decline that is readily apparent by the reign of Nero is caused by the peace and general happiness that imperial rule largely ensured There are two translations to the term.

Perhaps it is not surprising that Galinsky decides largely to omit Ovid’s elegiac poetry from this discussion: Since Galinsky decides not to consider Ovidian elegy, I am able to agree that the elegy that G. The picture is of a continual flux and evolution in a greater Mediterranean culture which had antecedents before Augustus and which evolved after him. Tom Shields rated it really liked it Jun 14, Trivia About Augustan Culture Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Indeed, his work on both Aeneid and Metamorphoses has been distinguished by concern for Augustan themes and values, whether augusfan.

He begins with the Ara Pacis, discussing it both in terms of its own iconography and with regard to its particular placement in the Campus Martius. It should be read-with care. In cultue study of wall painting Galinsky suggests that the pax Augusta and social stability that it engendered produced creative and pleasant features in wall painting of the period. But in the Greek east it was the emperor himself, rather than merely his aura, that was divine.

Although much 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 that brings together political and social history, art, literature, architecture, and religion.

In other words, this book should not merely be consulted. The representation of Caelus recalls the cuirass of the Prima Porta Augustus, while the quadriga depicted below it, Galinsky suggests, represents the apotheosis of Julius Caesar Less satisfying is Galinsky’s dismissal of the problem of Ovid’s exile f.

Cizek that it is precisely when we look for a poetic quality in Livy’s prose that we can begin to appreciate the refinement of his style. Mike rated it really liked it Sep 30, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Weaving analysis and narrative throughout a richly illustrated text, Galinsky provides not only an enjoyable account of the major ideas of the age, but also an interpretation of the creative tensions and contradictions that made for its vitality and influence.


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. In Chapter 2 Galinsky suggests that Augustus freed the tottering res publica from disaster and he assembles several examples of the theme of Augustus as liberator in Roman coinage.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

West, PVS 15 [] 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

Likewise, the Temple of Concordia was refashioned as that of Concordia Augusta. In addition to fifth-century Athens, one finds a connection to the Hellenistic world of Alexander the Great, with whom Augustus also associated his person through a series of subtle and not-so-subtle associations.

This abets, or perhaps even creates, a dynamic between the poet and reader. Galinsky’s appraisal of Cicero’s character 73however, seems to me less than fair. 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.

With regard to Augustus’ principate, this reviewer stands, in the final analysis, somewhere between these two extremes, admittedly a bit closer to dissent. What defines this commonwealth is a constant mutual interaction between the man of moral vision and those invited to partake in his vision.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Ironically for those of us who were educated in Europe. All of this increased the divine aura about Augustus in Rome. It cklture with evidence and illustrations from the ancient sources, and it is au fait with recent scholarship.

Nevertheless, in foreign affairs, Augustus did have a cohesive policy.