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    DescriptionThis book examines the impact of the Roman cultural revolution under Augustus on the Roman province of Greece. It argues that the transformation of Roman Greece into a classicizing 'museum' was a specific response of the provincial Greek elites to the cultural politics of the Roman imperial monarchy. Against a background of Roman debates about Greek culture and Roman decadence, Augustus promoted the ideal of a Roman debt to a 'classical' Greece rooted in Europe and morally opposed to a stereotyped Asia. In Greece the regime signalled its admiration for Athens, Sparta, Olympia and Plataea as symbols of these past Greek glories. Cued by the Augustan monarchy, provincial Greek notables expressed their Roman orientation by competitive cultural work (revival of ritual; restoration of buildings) aimed at further emphasising Greece's 'classical' legacy. Reprised by Hadrian, the Augustan construction of 'classical' Greece helped to promote the archaism typifying Greek culture under the principate.

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    Greece and the Augustan Cultural Revolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) A. J. S. Spawforth
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 327
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107012110
    ISBN 10: 1107012112

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    DC22: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 938.09
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 938/.09
    LC classification: DF240 .S67 2012
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NHDA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG, 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    6 b/w illus.
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    Publication date
    30 December 2011
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    Author Information
    A. J. S. Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University. His distinguished list of publications includes Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities (1989, 2nd edition, 2002) [co-author with Paul Cartledge], The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition (1996, revised 2003) [co-editor with Simon Hornblower and contributor], Greece: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (2001) [co-author with Christopher Mee], The Complete Greek Temples (2006) and The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies (Cambridge University Press, 2007) [editor and contributor].
    Review quote
    "It is a skillful, provocative, beautifully flawed work that annoyed and delighted in equal measure, and is essential reading for anyone working on Roman Greece or issues of cultural interaction more broadly. Spawforth will be at our backs for some time to come." --BMCR
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: Greece and the Augustan age; 2. 'Athenian eloquence and Spartan arms'; 3. 'The noblest actions of the Greeks'; 4. 'The gifts of the gods'; 5. 'Constructed beauty'; 6. Hadrian and the legacy of Augustus; Conclusion.