All of this, to my mind, is markedly propagandistic. 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. Please send comments about this review to editor.
Galinsky again, however, seems to get bogged down a bit by the propaganda problem. Augustus successfully imported the eastern idea of a mausoleum to serve as a counter-example to Anthony's desire to be buried with Cleopatra in Egypt.
X, The Augustan Empire, 43 B. These documents come with brief comments that, with masterful economy, contextualize and interpret them. 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 Perhaps it is not surprising that Galinsky decides largely to omit Ovid's elegiac poetry from this discussion: This is an important formulation, for, as Galinsky says, sharp and sudden transitions are precisely what Augustus sought to avoid.
I differ from G. He does well to point up the inconsistency of the orthodox opinions, dismissing the rigid classifications of Augustan portraiture such as "Actium type," which he reveals not only to be an anachronistic misnomer, but also one that implies too strong a break between styles.
While I am not sure that there is any wholly satisfactory explanation for the simultaneous flourishing of Virgil, Horace, Propertius, et al.
Galinsky closes this important if somewhat diffuse chapter with an explanation of moral decline in the empire that contradicts Tacitus' assertion that loss of libertas under the emperors produced a decline in rhetoric and in Roman society's values.
Galinsky calls attention to two principal goals of Augustus' religious policies: The dictator's precedent helps to explain why Augustus took such pains to cultivate the image of a princeps who could take being the butt of a joke: He could have also mentioned the ancilia that were said to have dropped from heaven during the reign of Numa and in Aen.
I find this to be one of Galinsky's most interesting comparisons. 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.
Augustus was very active in revealing himself to be a religious leader: In Chapter 6 Galinsky argues that close examination of religion provides a "textbook illustration" of Augustus' auctoritas in action.
Galinsky's assertion that Augustus did not engage in a propaganda campaigneven if it is now in vogue to say as much cf. In his analysis of the Augustus of Prima Porta, Galinsky brings together several strands of recent scholarship on the statue. But was it really like that at the time?Karl Galinsky, Augustus.
Introduction to the Life of an Emperor. Cambridge University Press, ISBN (paperback). Augustan art and architecture; and the importance of local identities in shaping a Galinsky has achieved his aims admirably, ‘to provide a concise and informative introduction, to set some accents, and.
Reviewed by Alden Smith, Baylor University. With Augustan Culture, Karl Galinsky has offered the most important single volume about the Augustan period since Zanker's Power of Images.
Galinsky's treatment is culturally more complete than Zanker's, including discussion of literature, art, politics, values, religion, and society. K. Galinsky, Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction(Princeton ) reviewed by A.
Smith in theBryn Mawr Classical Review. Augustus's own version of his achievements can be found in the Res Gestae Divi Augusti. Galinsky (review) Elaine Fantham Echos du monde classique: Classical views, Volume XLI, n.s. 16, Number 3, KARL GALINSKY. Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Intro shorter than the chapter on art (), an economy made easier by.
Jun 14, · Galinsky's review of Augustus is a great read- if you already know the main facts and events. As one of the acknowledged leaders of the field, he offers not a hustorical walk through, but a thematic approach of various aspects of Augustus reign and the frequent 'boxes' offer additional source material or reviews of peripheral material to the main argument/5(6).
Galinsky's review of Augustus is a great read- if you already know the main facts and events. As one of the acknowledged leaders of the field, he offers not a hustorical walk through, but a thematic approach of various aspects of Augustus reign and the frequent 'boxes' offer additional source material or reviews of peripheral material to the main /5.Download