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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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    Augustan Culture
    An Interpretive Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karl Galinsky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 857 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691058900
    ISBN 10: 0691058903

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC classification: DG
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    DC22: 937.07
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC21: 306.0937
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    11 color plates 164 halftones 10 line illus.
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    15 February 1998
    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
    Back cover copy
    "An important and fascinating book. 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 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."--Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale University
    Table of contents
    Preface Ch. IA Principal Concept: Auctoritas Ch. IIThe Restoration of the Res publica Ch. IIIIdeas, Ideals, and Values Ch. IVArt and Architecture Ch. VAugustan Literature Ch. VIReligion Ch. VIICentral Characteristics Ch. VIIIEpilogue: Auctor Perpetuus Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Works Notes Bibliography Provenience of Illustrations Index of Passages General Index