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Further, two paintings of Alexander by Apelles were housed in the Forum, as well as other artifacts pertaining to aufustan ruler.

Galinsky’s articulation of the polysemous facets of Augustan portraiture — e.

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky

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. This chapter is in some ways the strongest, in other ways the least satisfying in the study.

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. An Interpretive Introduction by Karl Galinsky.

Does not the very fact that Ovid was exiled call into question the notion of artistic and poetic liberty that Galinsky believes to have been a consistent feature of Augustan culture? Furthermore, there was the obvious problem of the coexistence of monarchy and republic.

Galinsky closes his discussion in this chapter by turning to the Temple of Apollo Palatinus. All of this leads rather nicely into a discussion of Augustan poetry. Dec 15, Kristina Leonard rated it it was amazing. Instead, Augustus was augustsn to hold the eastern frontiers by the creation of several cultture kingdoms.


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

Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction

Eighty-three temples were restored, twelve new ones were built, and honorary statues were transferred en bloc to the Campus Martius He notes that, like Augustan art, the literature of the culthre demands the “active participation” of the reader: Elsewhere, however, Virgil deliberately blurs images.

Following Menichetti MEFR 98 []Galinsky believes that the colossus at the culmination of the left porticus originally depicted Alexander, and only later, under Claudius, was its head changed to that of Augustus 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.

In short, my objection to G. James rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Published February 15th by Princeton University Press first published That Augustus influenced his portrait development directly is also surely correct. He also discusses Augustan literature, with a good, if brief, assessment of Eclogue 4; he broaches the topic of the Golden Age as presented in the Georgics, proffering labor as the essential stimulus for civilization in G.

I was glad therefore to pick cultture book back up and read it through more carefully and gakinsky attention to how certain passages can be made useful for school age learners. In the case of Virgil, he continues his discussion of Aeneas’ choices and his comparison with heroes of Greek epic John Vanek rated it really liked it Mar 27, Turning to the question of personal morality, Galinsky concedes that “there is little doubt that Octavian sowed some wild oats” It is a grim fact that Augustus exiled Ovid, and gallnsky he ordered the execution of many.


North American Classicists are particularly indebted to him for mediating a wide range of German scholarship and for enriching our understanding of public art and the traditions behind it. I love, love Karl Galinsky former professor of mine at UT and his books regarding culture during the age of Augustus rock! Galinsky’s finest work on Horace emerges at the close of his discussion of this author when he compares Gxlinsky 4 to the Aglinsky Pacis.

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” Cultre disrepair of religion itself reflected the disorder of the Roman state in the decades just before Augustus’ rule. In an epilogue Galinsky recapitulates his main themes.

Culthre and blending of old and new are the hallmarks of Augustus’ reign. Citing a number of ancient sources that establish a connection between moral reinvigoration and imperialistic ambition, Galinsky justifies Augustus in his donning of the mantle of world dominator He also exiled his daughter, Julia, and his own grandson, Agrippa Postumus. Further, assimilation to divinities and heroes such as Hercules, Mercury, and especially Apollo accomplished a similar goal The time is right for a work that interweaves Augustan history, literature, and art, and Karl Galinsky is one of the very few scholars who has enough expertise in all three areas to do this successfully In his consideration of Augustus’ moral agenda, G.