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    DescriptionGrand political accomplishment and artistic productivity were the hallmarks of Augustus Caesar's reign (31 B.C. to A.D. 14), which has served as a powerful model of achievement for societies throughout Western history. 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. 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. Galinsky draws on source material ranging from coins and inscriptions to the major works of poetry and art, and challenges the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to Augustan culture. He demonstrates that this culture was neither monolithic nor the mere result of one man's will. Instead it was a nuanced process of evolution and experimentation. Augustan culture had many contributors, as Galinsky demonstrates, and their dynamic interactions resulted in a high point of creativity and complexity that explains the transcendence of the Augustan age. Far from being static, its sophisticated literary and artistic monuments call for the active response and involvement of the reader and viewer even today.


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    Title
    Augustan Culture
    Subtitle
    An Interpretive Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karl Galinsky
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 504
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 914 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691044354
    ISBN 10: 069104435X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    DC22: 937/.07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    DC21: 937.07
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DG279.G17, DG279 .G17 1996
    Thema V1.0: AGA, JHM, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    8 color plates, 164 halftones, 10 line illustrations
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    11 June 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "A thought provoking study that complements and integrates the fruits of many significant studies on individual elements of this major international ancient culture."--"Choice"