Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation and Commentary

Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Text, Translation and Commentary


By (author) Emperor of Rome Augustus Caesar, By (author) Alison E. Cooley, By (author) Graham J. Oliver

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  • Format: Paperback | 331 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 240mm x 26mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521601282
  • ISBN 13: 9780521601283
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 34 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • Sales rank: 109,837

Product description

At the end of his life the emperor Augustus wrote an account of his achievements in which he reviewed his rise to power, his conquest of the world and his unparalleled generosity towards his subjects. This edition provides a text, translation and detailed commentary - the first substantial one in English for more than four decades - which is suitable for use with students of all levels. The commentary deals with linguistic, stylistic and historical matters. It elucidates how Augustus understood his role in Roman society, and how he wished to be remembered by posterity; and it sets this picture that emerges from the Res Gestae into the context of the emergence both of a new visual language and of an official set of expressions. The book also includes illustrations in order to demonstrate how the Augustan era witnessed the rise of a whole new visual language.

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Author information

Alison E. Cooley is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. Recent books include Becoming Roman, Writing Latin?: Literacy and Epigraphy in the Roman West (2002; edited) and Pompeii (2004).

Review quote

"...Alison Cooley provides what will be the standard textbook for the RGDA in this generation... Cooley has provided students and colleagues with an edition of the RGDA that will serve as a textbook and as a work of reference. ..a book that is at the same time a pleasure to read and highly useful. That is no small accomplishment." --BMCR

Table of contents

Introduction; Text and translation; Commentary; Appendix.